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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Mother Earth'

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

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive dcrossnet 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.

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

Reblooms in Michigan, not a minor feat!

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

Awards: Honorable Mention 1991

Positive gaited1 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.

Positive Sherlock221 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.


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

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Clio, California
Monroe, Connecticut
Gainesville, Georgia
Des Plaines, Illinois
Oskaloosa, Iowa
Lancaster, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
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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