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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Hemstitched'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Hemstitched
Hybridized by Hager; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1989

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Tall Bearded (TB)


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:
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)
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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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 On Apr 19, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Himstiched has not re-bloomed for me yet in her 3rd year in my garden. I have her planted in a very small area by the patio so that may be part of the cause (not ideal conditions) BUT I am so glad she is right by the patio because she smells so good. The smell reminds me of anise. She's a great grower and bloomer.

Positive wizface On Oct 21, 2009, wizface from Pleasant Grove, UT wrote:

Bloomed here in SLC, Utah in early October. Strong plant with aggressive growth. Light, pleasant scent.

Positive PaintedAcres On Oct 19, 2009, PaintedAcres from Weatherby, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Hemstitched is reblooming here at Painted Acres Farm in Zone 5 on Oct 18th. Great rebloomer!

Positive Margiempv On Apr 11, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very reliable rebloomer! Grows well! It's great!

Positive doss On Apr 14, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a 32" Iris. I find the flower slightly fragile, which I like. It is reported to rebloom down to zone 5 and is fragrant. It's first bloom is in the middle of April here in Zone 9. The Eureka Spelling Dictionary says that it was introduced in 1989. Commercial Iris growers say Hagar 1990. Differences in dates are not unusual.

Parented by 'Earl of Essex' which is also a purple plicata and is well known to be an excellent rebloomer.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Colton, California
Stanford, California
Hanson, Kentucky
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Weatherby, Missouri
Corrales, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Mesilla Park, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Greeneville, Tennessee
Harker Heights, Texas
Midland, Texas
Sherman, Texas
Pleasant Grove, Utah
Vancouver, Washington

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