Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Mary Frances'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Mary Frances
Hybridized by Gaulter; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1971

» View all varieties of Iris

10 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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


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

Awards (if applicable):
Honorable Mention
Award of Merit
Dykes Memorial Medal

Click thumbnail
to view:

By judithandrews
Thumbnail #1 of Iris  by judithandrews

By jfrizzell
Thumbnail #2 of Iris  by jfrizzell

By Wandasflowers
Thumbnail #3 of Iris  by Wandasflowers

By laurief
Thumbnail #4 of Iris  by laurief

By NellPercy
Thumbnail #5 of Iris  by NellPercy

By Alyssum
Thumbnail #6 of Iris  by Alyssum

By loic
Thumbnail #7 of Iris  by loic

There are a total of 17 photos.
Click here to view them all!


2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Margiempv On Mar 17, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

This has been a super grower for me. Though it's an older variety - it sure can put on a show. Many times it has given me not only 3 opened on one stalk at one time, but 4 and 5 open!! SHOW STALKS!

Neutral Joan On Dec 14, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '74, Award of Merit '76, Dykes Medal '79

Neutral poppysue On Dec 22, 2003, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

MARY FRANCES (Larry Gaulter, 1973) TB, 38", M & RE. Ruffled light blue-orchid with white center on falls; white beard tipped yellow, orange throat. Larry Gaulter named Mary Frances after his granddaughter. This lovely won the Dykes Medal in 1979.

Positive NellPercy On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

Light lavender. Good form. Mild ruffle. zone 6


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

Tucson, Arizona
Yosemite Lakes, California
Macy, Indiana
Solsberry, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Durham, Maine
Brewster, Massachusetts
Ware, Massachusetts
Blanchard, Michigan
Metamora, Michigan
Deer River, Minnesota
Robertsville, Missouri
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Lawton, Oklahoma
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Salem, Oregon (2 reports)
Stayton, Oregon
Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania
Fort Worth, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Cathan, Washington

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America