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Tall Bearded Iris 'Kevin's Theme'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Kevin's Theme
Hybridized by Kerr
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:

Pale Yellow


Bloom Time:

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

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 (2 reports)

Arbuckle, California

Bakersfield, California

Sebastopol, California

Carmel, Indiana

Springfield, Massachusetts

Alton, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Lawton, Oklahoma

Greeneville, Tennessee

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 29, 2015, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Parentage: Edith Wolford x Lullaby of Spring


On Jun 3, 2011, poetrader from Springfield, MA wrote:

Unusual color combination. The flower color may vary from a faded blush with soft lavendar to a much more vivid and prettier tan with soft purple. I have also had it produce flowers with two standards and two falls. Even though there is some inconsistency, the really dark flowers are gorgeous and different from anything else.


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

This is a strong grower. Very thick stalks, long blooming. This is really a special iris.


On Sep 2, 2007, Homefire from Portsmouth, VA wrote:

38" ML
When I added this iris to my garden, it was because my son's name is Kevin, not because I was impressed by any picture I had seen. Now I am so glad I did. It has very good tall stalks that never fall over, good substance, and has proven to be a very good grower. The color is much prettier than I had anticipated it to be. It will be a permanent addition to my garden! Recommended!


On Mar 19, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 1997; Award of Merit 2001


On Nov 28, 2003, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Great grower, and always lovely.