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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Harvest of Memories'

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

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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)
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:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)
Reblooming (Re)


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral asturnut On Jun 23, 2013, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

In my southern New Jersey garden, I wasn't overly please with 'Harvest of Memories'... the flowers stalks are SO tall and the flowers so ginormous that they frequently required staking. The flowers themselves are a lovely medium yellow and highly fragrant. I'm ambivalent about this cultivar.

Positive doss On Nov 13, 2004, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This Iris is the best tall rebloomer I have. It has strong stalks, and many of them. It's loaded with buds, and multiplies rapidly. It has a great scent - although sometimes when I cut them I have to "air" them out for awhile before I take them in the house. They last well when cut.

The bright color of this Iris fills my garden when just about everything is quiet. It is blooming in my yard in the middle of November - and prolifically. It will be here until at least the first of December. And it's right next to the lawn. Not afraid of too much water. It begins reblooming again here about the middle of February.

If you don't mind a bright, self-colored Iris - this one is one that you should have working for you. If you love bright yellow in late fall or very early spring, even better! Works great with daffodils.

Positive laurief On Oct 21, 2003, laurief from Deer River, MN (Zone 3b) wrote:

Very few tall beardeds (TBs) can survive my growing conditions. This northern MN zone 3b climate inflicts severe, extended cold during the winter months, often with little snow cover for insulation. Summer temps can exceed 90 degrees F. My soil is very heavy, compacted clay with a slightly acid pH. A large local deer population frequently tramples and sometimes grazes on my irises in early spring and late fall. Iris borers are present but managed successfully with a granular systemic grub control product. Weeds are abundant and only occasionally beaten back by an admittedly lazy gardener (yours truly). Fertilization is inconsistent, when provided at all. Most TBs here are growing with less than 6 hrs of sun per day, so growth and bloom are not what they could be under full sun conditions. I have lost hundreds of weaker TB cultivars over the years, so the few that have managed to survive are worthy of high praise.

Though I am not overly fond of yellow irises, HARVEST OF MEMORIES will always have a place in my garden. This plant has earned my admiration with its incredible vigor, disease and pest-resistence, and reliable bloom (rebloom reported in USDA zones 4-10). Because of its rampant growth, however, it will crowd itself out, exhaust its soil, and quit blooming if not divided regularly (I do have this one planted in better soil in a full sun location). HOM is a *huge* improvement over its pollen parent, CORN HARVEST, to which its flowers look almost identical. I highly recommend this cultivar.



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

Phoenix, Arizona
Stanford, California
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Duluth, Georgia
Rathdrum, Idaho
Madrid, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
West Friendship, Maryland
Danvers, Massachusetts
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Deer River, Minnesota
Madison, Mississippi
Corrales, New Mexico
Mahopac, New York
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Greeneville, Tennessee
Chillicothe, Texas
Herndon, Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

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