Tall Bearded Iris 'Celebration Song'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Celebration Song
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1993
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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:



Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)



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):

Honorable Mention

Award of Merit

Dykes Memorial Medal

John C. Wister Memorial Medal (TB)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Tucson, Arizona

Stanford, California

Ventura, California

Denver, Colorado

Boise, Idaho

Macy, Indiana

Manhattan, Kansas (2 reports)

Wichita, Kansas

Anacoco, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Hagerstown, Maryland

Preston, Maryland

Belleville, Michigan

International Falls, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Brunswick, Missouri

Helena, Montana

Shepherd, Montana

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

South Richmond Hill, New York

Enid, Oklahoma

Lawton, Oklahoma

Columbia, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Readyville, Tennessee

Coppell, Texas

Portsmouth, Virginia

Roanoke, Virginia

Tomah, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 29, 2013, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted Fall 2012, bloomed Spring 2013. Beautiful pastel bloom


On Mar 25, 2013, divinedeva from Ventura, CA wrote:

I just joined to buy a Iris Celebration Song. I just bought a puppy with that name and hopefully I can plant these bulbs in honor of her arrival from Canada in May. Anyone have any to sell? I am new to gardening so I have nothing to trade but i want at least a minimum of 8 of these to make a large gorgeous planting right out my window. I am in Ventura CA so they should do well here.
contact me at [email protected] if you have some to sell.


On May 12, 2010, Kestris from Roanoke, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Celebration Song is one of my favorite Irises out of the dozens of different ones I have.

However, my standards are not the apricot-peach. Mine are a light pastel yellow and have been since the day I bought it, 7 years ago. I buy all my rhizomes through a local grower who in turn, buys theirs from a reputable source. The falls on mine are exact matches in color. It is only the standard that is different.

I have no reason to believe I was misinformed as to the name when I bought the rhizome 7 years ago. In fact, all of my blooms have matched the photos on the source's website, despite the description. The yellow in mine, however, seems to be fading out to more of a yellow tinted silvery color, after 7 years.

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

It grows here at my workplace in several "mega clumps"--the stalks are many, and they are full of flowers. Last year, the iris literally bloomed from February through almost to May.


On Mar 20, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great increaser. Lovely pastel coloring. Every year it puts on quite a show! Recommended.


On Feb 17, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Celebration Song', TB, Schreiner, 1993: This iris has a spell-binding effect on me. Its colors are 'pastel perfect' with soft pink in the standards, and light lavender shades in the falls. Tangerine beards make it complete. Grows and blooms well, forming large clumps in 2-3 years. Dykes Metal winner in 2003.


On Dec 26, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1995, Award of Merit 1997, John C. Wister Memorial Medal 2000; Dykes Medal 2003


On Jun 19, 2004, mountaineer from Manhattan, KS wrote:

CELEBTRATION SONG has lots of stalks and a very high bloom count. A can't miss Iris.