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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Whispering Spirits'

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Whispering Spirits
Hybridized by Ernst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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Class:
Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:
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

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Pale Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)

Foliage:
Herbaceous

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:
Non-patented

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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Profile:

1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive MikenMyrtle On Apr 15, 2007, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

Very vigorous grower here,excellent strong stems with multiple flowers. Seems to like our Zone 8 climate very much.

Neutral Joan On Mar 23, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2003; Award of Merit 2005

Neutral doss On May 10, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

"(R. Ernst, 01) Mid to Late bloom season. 35"
Narrower yellow band around the falls, and a brighter gilt edge around the standards. The sanded violet and magenta plicata pattern is directed in a veined sweep pattern from the beard outward. Golden Beards. Seven to eight buds. American Iris Society Honorable Mention '03."
Cooley's Iris Garden note.

Regional...

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

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)
Anacoco, Louisiana
Robertsville, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska (2 reports)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Midland, Texas
Madison, Wisconsin
Tomah, Wisconsin



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