Tall Bearded Iris 'Poem of Ecstasy'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Poem of Ecstasy
Hybridized by Hager
Registered or introduced: 1995
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:

Midseason (M)



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

Award of Merit

John C. Wister Memorial Medal (TB)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:


Tucson, Arizona

Sidney, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Deer River, Minnesota

Tupelo, Mississippi

Robertsville, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Egg Harbor City, New Jersey

Corrales, New Mexico

Lake Placid, New York

Lawton, Oklahoma

Salem, Oregon

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Sharps Chapel, Tennessee

Lewisville, Texas

Tomah, Wisconsin

Casper, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 24, 2015, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Parentage: T4235CrPk/Lv: (Merry Madrigal x Mother Earth) x Adventuress


On Mar 16, 2011, DGcnm from Corrales, NM wrote:

This beauty is one of my favorites. it has been prolific in both
bloom and hardiness. Some of the buds did freeze last year,
but others survived a really late frost in May. Well worth the


On Jul 9, 2008, sjlfinne from Lawton, OK wrote:

Standards had not fully opened on this bloom.


On Dec 1, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Lovely branching, and a dependable bloomer year after year.


On Jun 20, 2006, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nice branching, with subtle colors


On Jun 2, 2006, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

In its first year, produced two stalks. The stalks both needed to be staked as they could not hold the weight of the flowers during frequent windy periods.


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

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '99, Award of Merit '01, John C. Wister Medal '04


On May 12, 2005, okus from (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mine only had 3 blooms on a single stalk, no branching, and it came from Cooleys, so it it is disappointingly over in a very few days.


On Mar 16, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

(Introduced by Hager, 1997) Mid season bloomer. 36"
"Clear peach pink standards, slightly darker near the haft and midrib, atop falls of smooth deep lavender. Soft tangerine beards changing to a muted lavender at the ends. Eight buds and magnificent branching."
Cooley's Iris Garden Note.