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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Vanity'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Vanity
Hybridized by Hager; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1974

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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
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink

Bloom Time:
Early (E)
Early midseason (EM)
Midseason (M)
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
Dykes Memorial Medal

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Thumbnail #1 of Iris  by TBGDN

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Nachteule On Jan 21, 2013, Nachteule from Longmeadow, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

One of my favorites! Blooms are luscious, large, pink and fragrant. Despite a less than ideal planting site it seems to spread readily, so I have shared the rhizomes with countless gardening friends.
The scapes are tall, so you may want to support them with a small stake. It bears a profusion of blooms and I often cut a stem or two to bring inside where they unfold and fill my home with fragrance. This is truly a wonderful, reliable old variety worth growing in any garden.

Positive Gabrielle On Jul 14, 2011, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Normally pastel pink is not a color I care for, but this is an exception. It's absolutely gorgeous! Blooms in June in my garden. Does not hold up well in rain.

Neutral 1913cat On Feb 10, 2010, 1913cat from Robertsville, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

HM 1976 AM 1978

Neutral Joan On Jan 26, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Dyke's Medal Winner 1982

Positive TBGDN On Mar 5, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

VANITY, (Ben Hager, R. 1974. Sdlg. T2597C. TB 36" (91 cm) E-L): Mr. Hager was onto something when he came up with this iris! Nothing but exquisite beauty all dolled up in soft baby pink. All great garden habits; can even withstand somewhat acidic soil conditions.

Positive Margiempv On Dec 13, 2003, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Nice branching, good growth, good increases, - - all around great iris.

Positive lindaniel On Apr 27, 2003, lindaniel from La Canada Flintridge, CA wrote:

Beautiful grouping found at Descanso Gardens, La Canada, CA, April, 2003.


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

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
La Canada Flintridge, California
San Francisco, California
Barnesville, Georgia
Washington, Illinois
Macy, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Durham, Maine
Hagerstown, Maryland
Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Tupelo, Mississippi
Deepwater, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Keansburg, New Jersey
Kendall, New York
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
Lawton, Oklahoma
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Harker Heights, Texas

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