Tall Bearded Iris 'Lady Friend'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Lady Friend
Hybridized by Ghio
Registered or introduced: 1980
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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:

Extra early (EE)

Early (E)



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:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Tucson, Arizona(2 reports)

Stanford, California

Boise, Idaho

Carmel, Indiana

Macy, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Council Bluffs, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Kansas

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Durham, Maine

South Berwick, Maine

Hagerstown, Maryland

Preston, Maryland

West Springfield, Massachusetts

Deer River, Minnesota

Alton, Missouri

Brunswick, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Corrales, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Holbrook, New York

Lake Placid, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Lawton, Oklahoma

Thackerville, Oklahoma

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Elloree, South Carolina

Celina, Tennessee

Greeneville, Tennessee

Readyville, Tennessee

Harker Heights, Texas

Pittsburg, Texas

Sherman, Texas

Winchester, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Tomah, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 2, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my first red Iris. From all I have read about there being no true red Iris, I guess I expected a maroonish purple Iris, but no, this color definately appears more red to me. Agreed with other comments that the branching is very nice as is the color. This first year, I have 5 blooms - No complaints whatsoever.


On Feb 28, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Indian Territory X Countryman. A gorgeous iris with a unique color of red. Strong growth and bloom habits with quick rhizome increase. I also find it difficult to capture the true color. The best pictures seem to come with overcast skies and minimal sunlight.


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

This early bloomer was awarded the American Iris Society Honorable Mention '83 and the Award of Merit '85.

It's a difficult Iris to photograph. The real color in my garden is closer to the darker photos here like the one loic has posted. It is a very rich and deep color. I couldn't capture it.

It's very tall. Certainly one of the tallest in my garden.


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

Nice branching and excellent growth habits.