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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Poem of Ecstasy'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Poem of Ecstasy
Hybridized by Hager; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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:
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
John C. Wister Memorial Medal (TB)

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3 positives
5 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive DGcnm 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

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

Standards had not fully opened on this bloom.

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

Lovely branching, and a dependable bloomer year after year.

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

Nice branching, with subtle colors

Neutral MikenMyrtle 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.

Neutral Joan 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

Neutral okus 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.

Neutral doss 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.


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

Tucson, Arizona
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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