Tall Bearded Iris 'Harvest of Memories'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Harvest of Memories
Hybridized by Zurbrigg
Registered or introduced: 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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):

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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 fa... read more


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 condi... read more