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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Rameses'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Rameses
Hybridized by Sass; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1929

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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

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)
Late Midseason (MLa)


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)
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):
Dykes Memorial Medal

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1 positive
1 neutral
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive themikesmom On Jan 15, 2014, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

'Rameses' 1928. [(King Tut) x (Baldwin)] Hans Peter Sass. TB-36in-Mid-Late Season Bloomtime. Honorable Mention (HM)1931. American Dykes Medal Winner for 1932. Rameses is the Most Beautiful Historic Pink Iris their is in My Opinion! Like 'Indian Chief' by Ayres, it's slow to start, but once it's established, it will take off and multiply like a weed! Rameses does not like to be dug up and disturbed. I have some Rameses from 3 different vendors that were from 3 different climate zones. One I bought verified as Rameses, one was a noid given to me and some were bonuses verified from a vendor out west, and all of them took 2-3 years to re-establish themselves and bloom, as even if fans are old and large, they like to be in a colony together to bloom. We specialize in really old historic iris, particularly very old pinks, and for the past few years have been trying to grow as many pre 1950's pinks we can get our hands on, and let me tell you, Rameses, is by far, the most perfect, best historic pink that we grow, and has probably ever been created, followed only by 'Melanie', 'Miss California', 'Easter Bonnet' and 'Alpine Glow' by Kleinsorge. So if you are looking for the Very Best Old Rose Pink Iris, Stop looking! You have found it!
This plant was created by Hans Peter Sass. Sass was born in Alt Duvestedt, Germany and immigrated here as a teenager with his parents in 1884. They Settled on a Farm Near Omaha, Nebraska, where both His Parents and him did general farming labor. By 1903 He had saved enough money to buy 80 Acres of Property of His own near Washington, Nebraska where Him and Later his Brother Jacob Sass, who had bought a farm near Omaha, and who later created Dykes medal winner 'The Red Douglas', could for their parents, who had taught them their love of botany and flowers ; create some of the Best Classic American Irises Ever Bred. 'ALL' of the H.P. Sass, J. Sass, and Sass Brothers Registered Irises with Correct Bloomtimes! are now in Plantfiles here at DG! just do a Specific Search for Common Name: Iris and Hybridizer: Sass , and they are Yours to Enjoy! It's Great to See a Complete list of Sass Iris, many of them with pictures! all in a Row!

Neutral Joan On Dec 28, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Dykes Medal 1932


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

Chicago, Illinois
Durham, Maine
Deer River, Minnesota
Kansas City, Missouri
Concord, North Carolina
Lawton, Oklahoma

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