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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Edith Wolford'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Edith Wolford
Hybridized by Hager; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1984

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31 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)

36-48 in. (90-120 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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)
Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

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
Dykes Memorial Medal

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7 positives
6 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral asturnut On Jun 19, 2013, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

Edith Wolford is an exceptionally beautiful flower, IF you can get it to grow in your garden. In my hot, humid location in So. New Jersey, Edith Wolford flowered once and then quit. Many other irises do well for me, but Edith Wolford was a dud in my garden. I understand it does well in the Pacific NW, but is not a good performer in high temperatures.

Positive eukofios On Aug 31, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Edith Wolford has bloomed well in my Pacific Northwest garden for 8 years. It's a beautiful and unusual flower, yellow and blue. This iris multiplies quickly here, and I've given away a number of starts.

Negative kprp On May 16, 2010, kprp from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

This iris doesn't do much in my garden. I moved it to optimum conditions where other thrive and then it just puts up infrequent stalks.

Neutral MikenMyrtle On Feb 20, 2009, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

It has been a little slow to increase, but caught on after the third year. As pretty as it is, the wait has been worth it.

Positive braun06 On Oct 13, 2008, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

With Irises I have had rotting trouble in clay but they can survive. Edith Wolford is a nice flower. If you have clay soils amend a few inches with sand or course material to increase drainage and raise above surrounding grade. I now have a yard with deep topsoil that drains very well. However I still have rotting trouble when planted into the soil rather than on top.

Positive pearl On Jun 14, 2007, pearl from (Deb) Pensacola, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Easy plant to grow. Many off-shoots to give to the neighbors.

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

Awards: Honorable Mention 1988; Award of Merit 1990; Dyke's Medal 1993

Neutral mypetalpatch On May 17, 2007, mypetalpatch from Cloverdale, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Slow to grow for me with shorter than reported scapes. Perhaps I'll move it to a bit of late shade and more water. Good pod parent, but the pollen bugs have chosen this cultivar over all others to raid and I haven't beaten them to a single anther - every year all eaten off before the bloom opens even tried daily spray - so I haven't used it as a pollen parent.

Positive Sherlock221 On Aug 8, 2006, Sherlock221 from Lancaster, KY wrote:

This is a real stunner! One of my favorites -- the coloring is spectacular. Easy to grow, reliable bloomer. In years that we get plenty of rain, I've had this grow over 3 feet tall with huge blooms! Very showy. Highly recommended.

Neutral Margiempv On Mar 23, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

A little hard to keep growing here, but it sure is lovely. Needs a little special care and tending too - at least for me.

Neutral doss On Mar 14, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Edith Wolford, a 40" mid-season bloomer, has been awarded HM '88, AM '90, and Dykes '93.

Positive NellPercy On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

very reliable and blooms well with only 4 hours of direct sun. This iris is a perfect example of the perils of iris photography. The falls are blue but without a filter or a program that corrects color you get purple.

Positive mountaineer On Jun 8, 2003, mountaineer from Manhattan, KS wrote:

This is probably one of my favorite iris. The color combination is striking.

Positive ZenAndTonic On May 26, 2003, ZenAndTonic from Canton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Adds impressive beauty to any landscape! (Will soon provide pictures of mine) Easy to plant, grow & maintain.


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

, (2 reports)
Houston, Alabama
Happy Jack, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Sherwood, Arkansas
Cloverdale, California
Long Beach, California
Menifee, California
San Jose, California
Winchester, California
Yosemite Lakes, California
Blairsville, Georgia
Boise, Idaho
Meridian, Idaho
Nampa, Idaho
Peoria, Illinois
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Lancaster, Kentucky
Anacoco, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Wayland, Massachusetts
Canton, Michigan
Trenton, Michigan
Robertsville, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Weatherby, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Auburn, New Hampshire
Keansburg, New Jersey
La Luz, New Mexico
Albemarle, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Coshocton, Ohio
Milan, Ohio
Lawton, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Thackerville, Oklahoma
Grants Pass, Oregon
Friedensburg, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Weatherford, Texas
Chilhowie, Virginia
Stuarts Draft, Virginia
Bothell, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Great Cacapon, West Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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