Tall Bearded Iris 'Victoria Falls'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Victoria Falls
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1977
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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:

Light Blue

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Early (E)

Early midseason (EM)

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)

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:

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:

Trussville, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Apple Valley, California

Canoga Park, California

Los Altos, California

Newbury Park, California

Yosemite Lakes, California

Denver, Colorado

Englewood, Colorado

Yulee, Florida

Barnesville, Georgia

Chicago, Illinois

Seneca, Illinois

Carmel, Indiana

Wichita, Kansas

Anacoco, Louisiana

Durham, Maine

Gardiner, Maine

Hughesville, Maryland

South Hamilton, Massachusetts

Deer River, Minnesota

Florence, Mississippi

Lincoln, Nebraska

Auburn, New Hampshire

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Rochester, New York

Fargo, North Dakota

Enid, Oklahoma

Lawton, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Meshoppen, Pennsylvania

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Butler, Tennessee

Celina, Tennessee

Greeneville, Tennessee

Brenham, Texas

Locust Dale, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

Casper, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 22, 2015, judithandrews from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

In our region with lots of spring wind there is a snide joke that you can always count on Victoria Falls, it falls. These ultra-tall stalks don't hold up any weight. It makes a wonderful cut flower and looks great on the show bench.
It still gets a lot of attention at the shows even though it has been around for forty years.


On May 8, 2010, nkapgar from Newbury Park, CA wrote:

This is the most vigorous iris in my garden! So fast growing that I have to divide every couple of years because it overgrows it's allotted space.


On Jul 16, 2009, PinetopPlanter from Auburn Four Corners, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have grown at least 25 varieties of Iris over the past 25 years, and Victoria Falls is one of my favorites. I'd rank it up there with the top 5.

I haven't had the problem with stem strength another reviewer mentions, though I have had other iris with that problem.

This is a striking shade of medium blue. The white beard and patch underneath it is a beautiful addition. Put it in a bouquet with iris that are a definite purple, and the illusion of true blue will be intensified.

Given proper maintenance, the plants have always been very healthy for us.

A beautiful flower.


On Apr 19, 2008, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

I realize that I am in the minority here, and I would never put a 'negative' because Victoria Falls now has finally bloomed in my garden; however, it has taken four years. The plant gets plenty of sun and has wonderful drainage. In terms of producing more fans, it is one of the fastest producers I have ever seen. It's just that no flowers have come from those fans until this year.

I do love the flower, though. A rich medium blue--almost delphinium blue shade with a very attractive, striking white beard and patch, as well as flush up the standards.


On Sep 3, 2007, Homefire from Portsmouth, VA wrote:

The joke in our region is "Victoria Falls, and she does". This one has a very nice flower, but is always on the ground here. Very lacking in stem strength.


On Mar 14, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

A tall, graceful, vigorous grower here....... And it REBLOOMS too every fall or winter!! It really can put on a show!


On Dec 17, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society
Honorable Mention '78, Award of Merit '80, Dykes Medal '84


On Jun 10, 2004, mhelm from Fargo, ND wrote:

OUTSTANDING performer! This year, it reaches my chin, and I'm 5'5". It has taken on a life of its own!


On Jun 13, 2003, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

This is an outstanding iris - color is clear and true, love that white beard - blooms every year and does not disappoint (z5). Great height too - 35" and taller, looks great with War Sails which blooms around the same time - great color contrast since both are clear and true colors.


On Mar 7, 2003, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Reliable rebloomer. As long as the plant is not overcrowded, the fall bloom is as good as the spring bloom.