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Tall Bearded Iris 'Dover Beach'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Dover Beach
Hybridized by Nearpass
Registered or introduced: 1970
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Tall Bearded (TB)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Award of Merit

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

, (3 reports)

Tucson, Arizona

Barnesville, Georgia

Effingham, Illinois

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Brunswick, Missouri

Auburn, New Hampshire

Coshocton, Ohio

Meshoppen, Pennsylvania

Red Oak, Texas

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 20, 2009, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

The color of this Iris is so subtly beautiful, and so nicely named, I hate to give it a less than positive review, but, as others have mentioned, it is a shy bloomer, and it is rather SHORT in my garden -- not even tall enough to add to a bouquet with other, larger bearded iris. It is still in a relatively small clump after well over 10 years growth, so it doesn't multiply in our area very quickly either.

I think I would try to find a similar color combination in a newer, taller hybrid should I lose Dover Beach in my garden.


On Jun 27, 2007, dicentra63 from West Valley City, UT (Zone 6b) wrote:

Planted it in the fall, never emerged.


On May 24, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1974; Award of Merit 1979


On Apr 21, 2005, violabird from Barnesville, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I've had this older variety in my garden for at least 15 years showing its hardiness. It is one of my first bloomers in middle Georgia, starting 4-20. I love the softness of this Iris, the light blue and pure white make a striking contrast. Although it's not a profuse bloomer, I look forward to seeing it each year.


On Dec 29, 2004, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Though I have found this iris to be a good grower - - it does lack substance and won't take the direct sun very well. (At least not in my climate). If one grows it where it gets some afternoon shade - - it does much better.