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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Lady Friend'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Lady Friend
Hybridized by Ghio; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1980

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29 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:
Extra early (EE)
Early (E)


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):
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There are a total of 37 photos.
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 On Apr 2, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my first red Iris. From all I have read about there being no true red Iris, I guess I expected a maroonish purple Iris, but no, this color definately appears more red to me. Agreed with other comments that the branching is very nice as is the color. This first year, I have 5 blooms - No complaints whatsoever.

Positive TBGDN On Feb 28, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Indian Territory X Countryman. A gorgeous iris with a unique color of red. Strong growth and bloom habits with quick rhizome increase. I also find it difficult to capture the true color. The best pictures seem to come with overcast skies and minimal sunlight.

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

This early bloomer was awarded the American Iris Society Honorable Mention '83 and the Award of Merit '85.

It's a difficult Iris to photograph. The real color in my garden is closer to the darker photos here like the one loic has posted. It is a very rich and deep color. I couldn't capture it.

It's very tall. Certainly one of the tallest in my garden.

Positive Margiempv On Nov 28, 2003, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Nice branching and excellent growth habits.


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

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Stanford, California
Boise, Idaho
Carmel, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Shawnee Mission, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Durham, Maine
Hagerstown, Maryland
Preston, Maryland
West Springfield, Massachusetts
Deer River, Minnesota
Alton, Missouri
Brunswick, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Corrales, New Mexico
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Holbrook, New York
Lake Placid, New York
Lawton, Oklahoma
Thackerville, Oklahoma
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Elloree, South Carolina
Celina, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Harker Heights, Texas
Sherman, Texas
Winchester, Virginia
Bellevue, Washington
Tomah, Wisconsin

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