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Tall Bearded Iris 'Accent'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Accent
Hybridized by Buss
Registered or introduced: 1953
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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:


Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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):

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Apple Valley, California

Boise, Idaho

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Brewster, Massachusetts

Robertsville, Missouri

Newfoundland, New Jersey

Lake Placid, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Hamilton, Ohio

Celina, Tennessee

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 2, 2013, Bear_with_me from Vancouver, WA wrote:

We collected these plants from a discard pile where the rhizomes had sat out in the sun for several weeks. We planted them in our raised bed. They bloomed the next year. Accent is a strong grower and multiples well. Over the past 10 years, I've divided them several times. There is no problem with rot or disease. They are not fragrant. The stems are strong and stand up in rainy weather, when some more modern varieties fall over. I like this variety a lot.


On Aug 6, 2007, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

I just recieved one of these iris in a trade this year. It's a beautiful combination of lemon & scarlet. I'm gaining a real appreciation for "historics".


On Jun 8, 2006, constance22 from Brewster, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Grows very well here. Divided rhizomes bloom first year after division.