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Iris 'Empress of India'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Empress of India
Additional cultivar information: (aka Pallida Empress of India)
Hybridized by Barr-Perry; Year of Registration or Introduction: Barr 1921 as Empress of India-Perry 1938 as Pallida Empress of India

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Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)


Other details:
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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:
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Awards (if applicable):
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1 positive
No neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive themikesmom On Mar 13, 2013, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

Empres of India, developed by Barr 1921, it was improved for increased bud count and extended bloom period by Amos Perry, and Registered again with AIS by Perry as 'Pallida Empress of India' in 1938. 42" Early Midseason Bloomtime.This Iris is a Large flowered, darker, smoother and satiny form of I. pallida from England that is pretty rare in the United States. It is a bit shorter than the other pallidas: Dalmatica, Princess Beatrice, and Caterina, and the French pallida Floridor, but higher quality bloom ; although some would say Princess Beatrice of almost equal quality flower but better height and bud count, is the true royalty of pallidas.
The only other two Empress of India named flowers still around are Empress of India Nasturtium which is an annual plant usually grown from seed that has dark blue green leaves and little red round flowers; and Empress of India Crinum Lily from the Caribbean that is nocturnal and almost impossible to find. The Empress of India Lily that was mentioned in the Secret Garden, was a form of tiger lily that is now thought to be extinct and their was a Empress of India Asiatic Lily developed 45 years ago that was thought to be the finest asiatic lily ever created that has also been lost and thought to no longer be in existence.


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

Concord, North Carolina

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