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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Earl of Essex'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Earl of Essex
Hybridized by Zurbrigg; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1979

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Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Early (E)
Reblooming (Re)


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

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gussie34 On May 7, 2010, gussie34 from Rohnert Park, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Rebloom in Oroville in ground. Rebloom in Rohnert Park in 12" container--10 stalks with 6 flowers each, first of them outside in October and November 2009, the rest in house in December at SE-facing window!

Positive mcgerm On Feb 1, 2010, mcgerm from Galesburg, MI wrote:

Reblooms in Michigan. Not a minor feat.

Positive grannymarsh On Jun 27, 2008, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Easy to grow. Outstanding in a clump !

Positive txgimgim On Dec 21, 2003, txgimgim from Palo Pinto, TX wrote:

This iris has consistently rebloomed for me. I have shared it's increase and added it to many more spots in my garden and like the energizer bunny, it just keeps on going.

Positive avmoran On Nov 8, 2002, avmoran from Pylesville, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

This Plicata increases reliably and with several blooms per stalk it is a welcome addition to any garden. Reblooming in late fall gives a surprising added color to the fall folage.


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

, (2 reports)
New Market, Alabama
Happy Jack, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Oroville East, California
Rohnert Park, California
Wichita, Kansas
Anacoco, Louisiana
Revere, Massachusetts
Galesburg, Michigan
Deer River, Minnesota
Alton, Missouri
Brunswick, Missouri
Elba, New York
Columbia, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Palo Pinto, Texas (2 reports)
Mc Lean, Virginia

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