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Tall Bearded Iris 'Mother Earth'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Mother Earth
Hybridized by Hager
Registered or introduced: 1987
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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:

Pale Pink



Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)



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):

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:


Laceys Spring, Alabama

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Clio, California

Monroe, Connecticut

Gainesville, Georgia

Des Plaines, Illinois

Oskaloosa, Iowa

Lancaster, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Fall River, Massachusetts

Revere, Massachusetts

Belleville, Michigan

Galesburg, Michigan

Menominee, Michigan

Tupelo, Mississippi

Kansas City, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Brockport, New York

Southold, New York

Lawton, Oklahoma

Thackerville, Oklahoma

Gold Hill, Oregon

Columbia, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Ames Lake, Washington

Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 9, 2017, janelp_lee from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

Cold hardy evergreen perennial with large fragrant flowers. This re-bloomer has medium growth rate. Easy to grow!


On Jun 2, 2012, dcrossnet from Redmond, WA (Zone 5a) wrote:

The purple Irises are currently growing in front of Mexican Mock Orange and the contrast is quite pleasing.


On Feb 1, 2010, mcgerm from Galesburg, MI wrote:

Reblooms in Michigan, not a minor feat!


On Jun 17, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1991


On Jun 17, 2008, gaited1 from Clio, CA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Took 2 seasons to get bloom, but the flowers were worth the wait. Lovely large blooms.


On May 30, 2007, Sherlock221 from Lancaster, KY wrote:

Mother Earth is a lovely iris with beautiful coloring. In my garden I have found it to have the smallest size blooms of all my bearded iris -- that is the only disappointing thing about it. Like other iris, it is easy to grow and not fussy about the soil. As with all iris, don't overwater or over-fertilize and keep dead leaves and debris away from the rhizomes. Plant high so that part of the rhizome is visible above the soil. Cut off flower stalks after the bloom finishes, and thin every 3-4 years to keep vigorous.