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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Pride of Ireland'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Pride of Ireland
Hybridized by Noyd; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1970

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Pale Green

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

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:
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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):
Unknown - Tell us

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Carolsflowers On Jul 21, 2010, Carolsflowers from Brunswick, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

In Brunswick, MO I find the color of this plant to be a dull yellow without the green that is in most descriptions & catalog pictures. It grows well, but the color is disappointing.

Positive Mainecoon On May 27, 2005, Mainecoon from Shepherd, MT wrote:

this iris has proven to be a strong grower in my area

Positive glennb On Jul 26, 2003, glennb from Elizabethton, TN wrote:

PRIDE OF IRELAND is an easy to grow iris that has sensational coloring. The top sides of the falls are light green with a darker green underside. This uniquely-colored ruffled beauty is highlighted by a yellow beard. This is a unique, exceptional and extremely rare plant for the discriminating gardener.
Season of Bloom: early to midseason; Foliage Habit: semi-evergreen; Exposure: full sun to partial shade, prefers a heavy, moist loam, slightly acidic soil. It is vigorous and easy-to-grow in full sun or light shade as long as the soil is well-drained. Do not add lime to soil. Keep divisions well watered after planting.


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

Roopville, Georgia
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alton, Missouri
Brunswick, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Lake Placid, New York
Leicester, North Carolina
Weston, Oregon
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee

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