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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Rosy Wings'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosy Wings
Hybridized by Gage; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1936

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Tall Bearded (TB)

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:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

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):
Dykes Memorial Medal

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive themikesmom On Nov 27, 2013, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

'Rosy Wings'[(Dauntless x mixed pollen)] Gage 1934, Dykes Medal winner for 1939 and Honorable Mention 1934. TB-Mid-36'' Scapes. Fragrant.
This is one of our favorite Irises. We recieved it from Willow Bend Farm in Colorodo in 2011. it is a very fast multiplier and loves direct sun. Their is something very special about it.
This Plant was created by L. Merton Gage creator of Sunnyside Gardens in Natick, Massachusetts in 1926. Later in Gage's life, Sunnyside Gardens was moved to Orange, Mass.. He was a Gladiolus raiser, but gave them up, to focus on tall bearded Iris in 1927, and Gage is also famous for his white siberian iris 'Snowcrest' 1932. He worked on many joint breeding projects with Lapham of Elkhart, Indiana on a number of pinks, magentas and reds. Lapham created the beautiful pink iris L. Merton Gage in his honor.
If you love 'Rosy Wings' and are interested in Gage Iris. ALL of the 'Gage' irises are now in PF here at Daves garden, and a Complete list, which no other website currently has., it can currently only be found here at Dave's Garden! in an 'Specific Search' by hybridizer.

Neutral 1913cat On Apr 13, 2008, 1913cat from Robertsville, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

HM 1934 AM 1936 DM 1939

Neutral Joan On Dec 29, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Dykes Medal 1939


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

Iowa City, Iowa
Wichita, Kansas
Durham, Maine
Deer River, Minnesota
Robertsville, Missouri
Concord, North Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee

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