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Tall Bearded Iris 'Summer Olympics'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Summer Olympics
Hybridized by Smith
Registered or introduced: 1976
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 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:

Early (E)

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:

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:

Bentonville, Arkansas

Walnut Creek, California

Tyrone, Georgia

Eastport, Idaho

Wichita, Kansas

Tupelo, Mississippi

Shepherd, Montana

Denville, New Jersey

Lake Placid, New York

Concord, North Carolina

Henderson, North Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Mc Lean, Virginia

Shell Lake, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 5, 2017, billyvanbakker from Yonkers, NY wrote:

Planted this iris in April (full sun)in my z7b garden. was in full bloom. Did well and bulked up during the summer months. Now it's early October and is in full bloom,not just a small flower here and there, full BLOOM spikes emerging from every rhizome. Great fragrance and beautiful delicate yellow color, highly recommended


On Jun 13, 2010, debsgreenthumb from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Just wondering if anyone has grown this plant in or near Tallahassee, FL? We're zone 8, but I'm thinking it won't be able to take the full sun heat...thinking of moving it so it gets less sun time. Any input/suggestions? Thanks


On Aug 2, 2007, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

This is one of the few yellow iris in my garden. Nice over-all flowers. The best thing about it is it's scent, which reminds me of honeysuckle.