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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Jesse's Song'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Jesse's Song
Hybridized by Williamson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1979

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


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
Dykes Memorial Medal

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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jessmerritt On Sep 17, 2007, jessmerritt from (Zone 7b) wrote:

This iris reblooms for my in zone 7b. It is one of my favorites for it's strong stalks, veined plicata, and excellent show.

Positive sillybug5 On Jun 16, 2007, sillybug5 from Winston Salem, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

The most beautiful Iris in my garden so far! Prolific and rapid to increase. A blooming marvel! Gorgeous!!

Positive Margiempv On Mar 25, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great grower - great performer - great stalks! Recommended!

Neutral Joan On Dec 12, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '85, Award of Merit '87, Dykes Medal '90

Positive brimmsplace On Apr 24, 2004, brimmsplace from Murfreesboro, TN wrote:

Jesse's Song has always been outstanding in the garden. Nice tall stems with multiple buds that hold up well. Will stay in my garden for years to come.

Positive avmoran On Nov 8, 2002, avmoran from Pylesville, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Dispite three movements and an attack of iris borers this lovely iris continues to reproduce multiple increases.


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

, (2 reports)
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Arbuckle, California
New Castle, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware
Atlanta, Georgia
Blairsville, Georgia
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Manhattan, Kansas (2 reports)
Wichita, Kansas
Salvisa, Kentucky
Anacoco, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Lisbon, Maine
Deer River, Minnesota
Robertsville, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Roswell, New Mexico
Kernersville, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Lawton, Oklahoma
Thackerville, Oklahoma
Gold Hill, Oregon
La Pine, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Greenville, South Carolina
Celina, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2 reports)
Fort Worth, Texas
Pleasant Grove, Utah
Galax, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Selah, Washington

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