Tall Bearded Iris 'Hemstitched'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Hemstitched
Hybridized by Hager
Registered or introduced: 1989
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Medium Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Reblooming (Re)



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 fragrant

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

Colton, California

Stanford, California

Denver, Colorado

Hanson, Kentucky

Sandwich, Massachusetts

Weatherby, Missouri

Corrales, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Mesilla Park, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Greeneville, Tennessee

Harker Heights, Texas

Midland, Texas

Sherman, Texas

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 19, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Himstiched has not re-bloomed for me yet in her 3rd year in my garden. I have her planted in a very small area by the patio so that may be part of the cause (not ideal conditions) BUT I am so glad she is right by the patio because she smells so good. The smell reminds me of anise. She's a great grower and bloomer.


On Oct 21, 2009, wizface from Pleasant Grove, UT wrote:

Bloomed here in SLC, Utah in early October. Strong plant with aggressive growth. Light, pleasant scent.


On Oct 19, 2009, PaintedAcres from Weatherby, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Hemstitched is reblooming here at Painted Acres Farm in Zone 5 on Oct 18th. Great rebloomer!


On Apr 11, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Very reliable rebloomer! Grows well! It's great!


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

This is a 32" Iris. I find the flower slightly fragile, which I like. It is reported to rebloom down to zone 5 and is fragrant. It's first bloom is in the middle of April here in Zone 9. The Eureka Spelling Dictionary says that it was introduced in 1989. Commercial Iris growers say Hagar 1990. Differences in dates are not unusual.

Parented by 'Earl of Essex' which is also a purple plicata and is well known to be an excellent rebloomer.