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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Dover Beach'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Dover Beach
Hybridized by Nearpass; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

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1 positive
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral PinetopPlanter 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.

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

Planted it in the fall, never emerged.

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

Awards: Honorable Mention 1974; Award of Merit 1979

Positive violabird 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.

Neutral Margiempv 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.


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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