Tall Bearded Iris 'Jesse's Song'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Jesse's Song
Hybridized by Williamson
Registered or introduced: 1979
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:

Medium Purple

White/Near White

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)

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:

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:

, (2 reports)

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Arbuckle, California

Denver, Colorado

New Castle, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware

Atlanta, Georgia

Blairsville, Georgia

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Manhattan, Kansas (2 reports)

Wichita, Kansas

Salvisa, Kentucky

Anacoco, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Lisbon, Maine

Hughesville, Maryland

Deer River, Minnesota

Decatur, Mississippi

Robertsville, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Roswell, New Mexico

Kernersville, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Lawton, Oklahoma

Thackerville, Oklahoma

Gold Hill, Oregon

La Pine, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Greenville, South Carolina

Celina, Tennessee

Greeneville, Tennessee

Murfreesboro, Tennessee (2 reports)

Fort Worth, Texas

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Galax, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Selah, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 17, 2007, jessmerritt from (Zone 7b) wrote:

This iris reblooms for my in zone 7b. It is one of my favorites for it's strong stalks, veined plicata, and excellent show.


On Jun 16, 2007, sillybug5 from Hyannis, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

The most beautiful Iris in my garden so far! Prolific and rapid to increase. A blooming marvel! Gorgeous!!


On Mar 25, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great grower - great performer - great stalks! Recommended!


On Dec 12, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '85, Award of Merit '87, Dykes Medal '90


On Apr 24, 2004, brimmsplace from Murfreesboro, TN wrote:

Jesse's Song has always been outstanding in the garden. Nice tall stems with multiple buds that hold up well. Will stay in my garden for years to come.


On Nov 8, 2002, avmoran from Pylesville, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Dispite three movements and an attack of iris borers this lovely iris continues to reproduce multiple increases.