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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Summer Olympics'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Olympics
Hybridized by Smith; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1976

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Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 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 Yellow

Bloom Time:
Early (E)
Reblooming (Re)


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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral debsgreenthumb On Jun 13, 2010, debsgreenthumb from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Just wondering if anyone has grown this plant in or near Tallahassee, FL? We're zone 8, but I'm thinking it won't be able to take the full sun heat...thinking of moving it so it gets less sun time. Any input/suggestions? Thanks

Positive ADKSpirit On Aug 2, 2007, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is one of the few yellow iris in my garden. Nice over-all flowers. The best thing about it is it's scent, which reminds me of honeysuckle.


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

Bentonville, Arkansas
Walnut Creek, California
Tyrone, Georgia
Eastport, Idaho
Wichita, Kansas
Tupelo, Mississippi
Shepherd, Montana
Denville, New Jersey
Lake Placid, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Mc Lean, Virginia

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