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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Full Tide'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Full Tide
Hybridized by O. Brown; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1972

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13 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)


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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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Awards: Honorable Mention 1973; Award of Merit 1976

Neutral Margiempv On Mar 14, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Though it grows - it seems to really struggle here in the southwestern climate. Bloomed the first year, but each successive year it only grows weaker. It was lovely that year it DID bloom.

Positive Gindee77 On May 20, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a fast blooming iris and it's color is great. I grow mostly roses and am striving to get some blue in my garden, so irises are a good choice. This one is a winner.

Positive rh3708 On Dec 1, 2004, rh3708 from Westmoreland, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This was my first Blue Iris it is a Lovely Flower.
I like the color so much it had to stand alone in a Central spot
of the yard.
Making it the first thing you see upon entering the driveway.

Positive HostaFanatic On Jul 14, 2004, HostaFanatic from Rockwood, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

It is definitely a fast grower!! I planted two of them last fall('03). This spring I had seven flower stalks and ten leaf fans. It will be divided this fall, with half going to my mother's garden in east TN.

Positive Wandasflowers On May 30, 2004, Wandasflowers from Cedar Rapids, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

If you can only have one "blue"--this is the one! Large rich blooms & multiplies quickly.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Glen Avon, California
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Hampton, Illinois
Seneca, Illinois
Williamsville, Illinois
Indianapolis, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Durham, Maine
Tupelo, Mississippi
Springfield, Missouri
Butler, Pennsylvania
Cookeville, Tennessee
Germantown, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Mc Donald, Tennessee
Sweetwater, Tennessee
Keene, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Seattle, Washington

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