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Tall Bearded Iris 'Quaker Lady'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Quaker Lady
Hybridized by Farr
Registered or introduced: 1909
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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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)



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)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

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

Foliage Color:

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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:


Arbuckle, California

Montrose, Colorado

Seneca, Illinois

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wichita, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Brewster, Massachusetts

Somerville, Massachusetts

Deer River, Minnesota

Robertsville, Missouri

Lake Placid, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Lawton, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Greeneville, Tennessee

Hixson, Tennessee

Arlington, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 13, 2009, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a very nice historic bearded iris that holds its own against its very vigorous neighbor, fellow historic iris 'Wabash,' in my garden. This year it opened its first blooms shortly after 'Wabash' and the two bloomed together. As an added bonus it does not need to be staked, even in my windy garden, unlike 'Wabash.' Its flowers have an unusual color combination compared to modern bearded irises, and when I'm out working in my garden, I enjoy stopping for a minute just to admire them. It is also one of only two bearded irises that bloomed last year after that area of the garden was severely damaged by workmen in late winter, a testament to its survival abilities!


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

The following note courtesy of Schreiner's Gardens:

Quaker Lady is one of the best known of pioneer Iris breeder Bertrand Farr's creations. Quaker Lady is a diploid, which means the flowers are small (2" X 4"), but they bloom profusely.


On May 28, 2005, Mainecoon from Shepherd, MT wrote:

A very good grower wish mine would slow down a little
good for zone 4