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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Sapphire Hills'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Sapphire Hills
Hybridized by Schreiner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1971

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 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:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bjh2010 On Apr 20, 2010, bjh2010 from Denton, TX wrote:

I think this photo looks more like 'Mary Francis' that Sapphire. Blue is so difficult to photograph, but I think Sapphire was much darker.

Positive PlantPrince On Jan 9, 2005, PlantPrince from Lawley, AL wrote:

This Iris is evergreen in my area.

Positive Margiempv On Dec 9, 2003, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

A pretty decent grower, and IS it true BLUE. The bluest of blues I've seen!

Positive NellPercy On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

This is a pretty bright blue.


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

Lawley, Alabama
Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Mabelvale, Arkansas
Solsberry, Indiana
Marble Hill, Missouri (2 reports)
Statesville, North Carolina
Lawton, Oklahoma
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Denton, Texas
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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