Tall Bearded Iris 'Ocean Pacific'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Ocean Pacific
Hybridized by Ghio
Registered or introduced: 1987
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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 Blue

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:

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

Rohnert Park, California

Urbandale, Iowa

Thackerville, Oklahoma

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 15, 2013, gussie34 from Rohnert Park, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

In fall 2010 I planted 7 Ocean Pacific rhizomes in a bed 7 ft. x 2-1/2 ft. In spring 2011 there were 14 bloomstalks, and in October, about 20. (I had some in a 15" tub, which got handtrucked into my SE-facing living room, where the clump bloomed in December 2011 and January 2012.) In spring 2012 there were 28 in the 7 ft bed, in Oct. about 14 again, continuing into November, until the budstalks froze. But in early March 2013, about 14 stalks, bloomed and finished toward the end of the month--when more budstalks started showing up; last week--I counted 36 budstalks. They will have to be thinned at the end of the season. Nothing else of the 16 rebloomers I have produces like Ocean Pacific. (Two other especially reliable ones in my zone 9b are Earl of Essex and Summer Radiance--which a... read more


On Mar 26, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Good grower, lovely deep blue, but it has never rebloomed for me.


On Mar 15, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

"(Ghio, 88) Early to Mid blooming season. 36" Reblooming
Fairly good rebloom in mid-August through September. A fine, ruffled medium blue self with blue beards. Falls are slightly darker than the standards."
Cooley's Iris Garden notes.