Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Secret Rites'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Secret Rites
Hybridized by Keppel
Registered or introduced: 2004
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Class:

Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 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:

Pale Yellow

Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Pale Green

Violet/Lavender

Silver/Gray

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Regional

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

Bakersfield, California

Monroe, Connecticut

Shepherd, Montana

Lawton, Oklahoma

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Feb 11, 2008, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

"Description courtesy of Keith Keppel, used by permission"

Secret Rites

M 40" (Monsoon Moon sib)

Greenish gold falls topped by light grey green standards overlaid aster violet on base and center. Solid orange yellow beards. Ruffled and blocky, with pleated hafts. Good branching.

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On Jul 23, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 2007