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Tall Bearded Iris 'Rameses'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Rameses
Hybridized by Sass
Registered or introduced: 1929
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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

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

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)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):

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:

Chicago, Illinois

Durham, Maine

Deer River, Minnesota

Kansas City, Missouri

Concord, North Carolina

Lawton, Oklahoma

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 15, 2014, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

'Rameses' 1928. [(King Tut) x (Baldwin)] Hans Peter Sass. TB-36in-Mid-Late Season Bloomtime. Honorable Mention (HM)1931. American Dykes Medal Winner for 1932. Rameses is the Most Beautiful Historic Pink Iris their is in My Opinion! Like 'Indian Chief' by Ayres, it's slow to start, but once it's established, it will take off and multiply like a weed! Rameses does not like to be dug up and disturbed. I have some Rameses from 3 different vendors that were from 3 different climate zones. One I bought verified as Rameses, one was a noid given to me and some were bonuses verified from a vendor out west, and all of them took 2-3 years to re-establish themselves and bloom, as even if fans are old and large, they like to be in a colony together to bloom. We specialize in really old historic iris, ... read more


On Dec 28, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Dykes Medal 1932