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Tall Bearded Iris 'Full Tide'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Full Tide
Hybridized by O. Brown
Registered or introduced: 1972
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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)



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

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

Glen Avon, California

Denver, Colorado

Dunnellon, Florida

Hawkinsville, Georgia

Hampton, Illinois

Seneca, Illinois

Williamsville, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Mount Sterling, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

Fall River, Massachusetts

Tupelo, Mississippi (2 reports)

Springfield, Missouri

Butler, Pennsylvania

Cookeville, Tennessee

Germantown, Tennessee

Greeneville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee

Lafayette, Tennessee

Mc Donald, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee

Keene, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Seattle, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


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

Awards: Honorable Mention 1973; Award of Merit 1976


On Mar 14, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Though it grows - it seems to really struggle here in the southwestern climate. Bloomed the first year, but each successive year it only grows weaker. It was lovely that year it DID bloom.


On May 20, 2005, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a fast blooming iris and it's color is great. I grow mostly roses and am striving to get some blue in my garden, so irises are a good choice. This one is a winner.


On Dec 1, 2004, rh3708 from Westmoreland, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

This was my first Blue Iris it is a Lovely Flower.
I like the color so much it had to stand alone in a Central spot
of the yard.
Making it the first thing you see upon entering the driveway.


On Jul 14, 2004, HostaFanatic from Rockwood, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

It is definitely a fast grower!! I planted two of them last fall('03). This spring I had seven flower stalks and ten leaf fans. It will be divided this fall, with half going to my mother's garden in east TN.


On May 30, 2004, Wandasflowers from Cedar Rapids, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

If you can only have one "blue"--this is the one! Large rich blooms & multiplies quickly.