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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Victoria Falls'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Victoria Falls
Hybridized by Schreiner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1977

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25 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

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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6 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative judithandrews On Mar 22, 2015, judithandrews from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

In our region with lots of spring wind there is a snide joke that you can always count on Victoria Falls, it falls. These ultra-tall stalks don't hold up any weight. It makes a wonderful cut flower and looks great on the show bench.
It still gets a lot of attention at the shows even though it has been around for forty years.

Positive nkapgar On May 8, 2010, nkapgar from Newbury Park, CA wrote:

This is the most vigorous iris in my garden! So fast growing that I have to divide every couple of years because it overgrows it's allotted space.

Positive PinetopPlanter On Jul 16, 2009, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have grown at least 25 varieties of Iris over the past 25 years, and Victoria Falls is one of my favorites. I'd rank it up there with the top 5.

I haven't had the problem with stem strength another reviewer mentions, though I have had other iris with that problem.

This is a striking shade of medium blue. The white beard and patch underneath it is a beautiful addition. Put it in a bouquet with iris that are a definite purple, and the illusion of true blue will be intensified.

Given proper maintenance, the plants have always been very healthy for us.

A beautiful flower.

Neutral MikenMyrtle On Apr 19, 2008, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

I realize that I am in the minority here, and I would never put a 'negative' because Victoria Falls now has finally bloomed in my garden; however, it has taken four years. The plant gets plenty of sun and has wonderful drainage. In terms of producing more fans, it is one of the fastest producers I have ever seen. It's just that no flowers have come from those fans until this year.

I do love the flower, though. A rich medium blue--almost delphinium blue shade with a very attractive, striking white beard and patch, as well as flush up the standards.

Neutral Homefire On Sep 3, 2007, Homefire from Portsmouth, VA wrote:

The joke in our region is "Victoria Falls, and she does". This one has a very nice flower, but is always on the ground here. Very lacking in stem strength.

Positive Margiempv On Mar 14, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

A tall, graceful, vigorous grower here....... And it REBLOOMS too every fall or winter!! It really can put on a show!

Neutral Joan On Dec 17, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society
Honorable Mention '78, Award of Merit '80, Dykes Medal '84

Positive mhelm On Jun 10, 2004, mhelm from Fargo, ND wrote:

OUTSTANDING performer! This year, it reaches my chin, and I'm 5'5". It has taken on a life of its own!

Positive carolann On Jun 13, 2003, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

This is an outstanding iris - color is clear and true, love that white beard - blooms every year and does not disappoint (z5). Great height too - 35" and taller, looks great with War Sails which blooms around the same time - great color contrast since both are clear and true colors.

Positive Kelli On Mar 7, 2003, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Reliable rebloomer. As long as the plant is not overcrowded, the fall bloom is as good as the spring bloom.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Canoga Park, California
Los Altos, California
Newbury Park, California
Yosemite Lakes, California
Englewood, Colorado
Yulee, Florida
Barnesville, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Seneca, Illinois
Carmel, Indiana
Wichita, Kansas
Anacoco, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Gardiner, Maine
South Hamilton, Massachusetts
Deer River, Minnesota
Florence, Mississippi
Lincoln, Nebraska
Auburn, New Hampshire
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Rochester, New York
Fargo, North Dakota
Enid, Oklahoma
Lawton, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Meshoppen, Pennsylvania
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Butler, Tennessee
Celina, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Brenham, Texas
Locust Dale, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington
Casper, Wyoming

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