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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'October Sky'

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: October Sky
Hybridized by Lauer; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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Class:
Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Medium Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)
Reblooming (Re)

Foliage:
Herbaceous

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:
Non-patented

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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Profile:

2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive RobertWM On Sep 22, 2010, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

Has never rebloomed for me (most rebloomers don't) and it's short for a tall bearded, so it belongs at the front of the bed, but it has grown steadily and always puts on a good show. It has the odd characteristic of opening the first flowers a definite blue bi-tone but as it's bloom period progresses, the flowers go a little more toward the purple bi-tone shades, so both the blue toned pictures and purple toned pictures are accurate.

Positive doss On Dec 1, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Iris October Sky reblooms in zone 9 in late October-early November. It's got good substance. This one is a keeper.

Neutral Joan On Sep 26, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2002

Regional...

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

Braselton, Georgia
Wichita, Kansas
Ventress, Louisiana
Milford Mill, Maryland
Clawson, Michigan
Columbia, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Mc Lean, Virginia



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