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Tall Bearded Iris 'Edith Wolford'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Edith Wolford
Hybridized by Hager
Registered or introduced: 1984
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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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Gold (yellow-orange)

Pale 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)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

, (2 reports)

Houston, Alabama

Happy Jack, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Sherwood, Arkansas

Cloverdale, California

Long Beach, California

Menifee, California

San Jose, California

Winchester, California

Yosemite Lakes, California

Denver, Colorado

Blairsville, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Meridian, Idaho

Nampa, Idaho

Peoria, Illinois

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Lancaster, Kentucky

Anacoco, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Fall River, Massachusetts

Wayland, Massachusetts

Canton, Michigan

Trenton, Michigan

Robertsville, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Weatherby, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Auburn, New Hampshire

Keansburg, New Jersey

La Luz, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Albemarle, North Carolina

Concord, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Milan, Ohio

Lawton, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Thackerville, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Friedensburg, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Weatherford, Texas

Chilhowie, Virginia

Stuarts Draft, Virginia

Bothell, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Great Cacapon, West Virginia

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 11, 2017, frichberg from Maywood Park, OR wrote:

I was excited to see this beautiful iris at schreiners iris demonstration garden and plan to buy one this year. What excited me most about it is the name. i wonder if this iris was named in honor of Edith D Wolford who was the schoolteacher of the historic one room schoolhouse for a generation of kids in the early to mid 1900's. Her tiny log school still exists frozen in time in the town of Black Forest Colorado. I passed it every day for the many years I lived there. On community holidays We could go inside the log school and learn about her and the buildings history. She was so admired, they named the modern grade school Wolford Elementary after her --and maybe this beautiful iris? Does anyone know for sure? I see that the hybridizer Ben Hager died in California but perhaps he explain... read more


On Jun 19, 2013, asturnut from Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

Edith Wolford is an exceptionally beautiful flower, IF you can get it to grow in your garden. In my hot, humid location in So. New Jersey, Edith Wolford flowered once and then quit. Many other irises do well for me, but Edith Wolford was a dud in my garden. I understand it does well in the Pacific NW, but is not a good performer in high temperatures.


On Aug 31, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Edith Wolford has bloomed well in my Pacific Northwest garden for 8 years. It's a beautiful and unusual flower, yellow and blue. This iris multiplies quickly here, and I've given away a number of starts.


On May 16, 2010, kprp from Saint Louis, MO wrote:

This iris doesn't do much in my garden. I moved it to optimum conditions where other thrive and then it just puts up infrequent stalks.


On Feb 20, 2009, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

It has been a little slow to increase, but caught on after the third year. As pretty as it is, the wait has been worth it.


On Oct 13, 2008, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

With Irises I have had rotting trouble in clay but they can survive. Edith Wolford is a nice flower. If you have clay soils amend a few inches with sand or course material to increase drainage and raise above surrounding grade. I now have a yard with deep topsoil that drains very well. However I still have rotting trouble when planted into the soil rather than on top.


On Jun 14, 2007, pearl from (Deb) Pensacola, FL (Zone 8a) wrote:

Easy plant to grow. Many off-shoots to give to the neighbors.


On May 24, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1988; Award of Merit 1990; Dyke's Medal 1993


On May 17, 2007, mypetalpatch from Cloverdale, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Slow to grow for me with shorter than reported scapes. Perhaps I'll move it to a bit of late shade and more water. Good pod parent, but the pollen bugs have chosen this cultivar over all others to raid and I haven't beaten them to a single anther - every year all eaten off before the bloom opens even tried daily spray - so I haven't used it as a pollen parent.


On Aug 8, 2006, Sherlock221 from Lancaster, KY wrote:

This is a real stunner! One of my favorites -- the coloring is spectacular. Easy to grow, reliable bloomer. In years that we get plenty of rain, I've had this grow over 3 feet tall with huge blooms! Very showy. Highly recommended.


On Mar 23, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

A little hard to keep growing here, but it sure is lovely. Needs a little special care and tending too - at least for me.


On Mar 14, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Edith Wolford, a 40" mid-season bloomer, has been awarded HM '88, AM '90, and Dykes '93.


On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

very reliable and blooms well with only 4 hours of direct sun. This iris is a perfect example of the perils of iris photography. The falls are blue but without a filter or a program that corrects color you get purple.


On Jun 8, 2003, mountaineer from Manhattan, KS wrote:

This is probably one of my favorite iris. The color combination is striking.


On May 26, 2003, ZenAndTonic from Canton, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

Adds impressive beauty to any landscape! (Will soon provide pictures of mine) Easy to plant, grow & maintain.