Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Opera') in the Irises Database

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Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Vilmorin-Andrieux et Cie
Year Of Registration: introduced prior to registration system
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1916
Classification: Intermediate Bearded (IB)
Bloom Season: Mid
Bloom Color Classification: Violet
Flower Patterns: Bitone

General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Child plants: 5 child plants

Stop and Smell the IrisStop and Smell the Iris
May 15, 2015

My ongoing love affair with the iris began when I worked for a small bank in what was once a small town. There was a separate building called the annex, where I would go to fix the staff's computers. One spring my stroll was rewarded with something magical.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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My Enchanted Garden 2019 by Dachsylady86 Oct 6, 2019 6:56 PM 444
Something's not right about this by DaisyDo Jul 27, 2019 8:12 AM 48
It's that time of year... by Polymerous Jul 3, 2019 3:12 PM 1
AIS e-membership by evelyninthegarden Jul 3, 2019 10:58 AM 5
E-memberships with the American Iris Society by DaisyDo Jul 1, 2019 5:18 AM 2
Better Late Than Never.... by LizinElizabeth Jun 23, 2019 7:10 PM 76
A wander around Iris Sisters Farm, May 2019 by Lestv Sep 2, 2019 11:32 PM 60
Hybridizers and Their Iris by urania1 May 25, 2019 7:42 PM 25
I'm...going to take a break. by UndyingLight May 9, 2019 3:21 PM 45
Newbie planning an iris bed by julieseward1 May 12, 2019 4:18 PM 34
Mosaic Virus in Irises by FullyWashable Nov 11, 2019 4:41 AM 31
Bloomin time in Cheese head country! by tveguy3 Sep 7, 2019 3:36 PM 543
Nothin' Could Be Finer Than to Be In Carolina - 2019 blooms by Lestv Sep 15, 2019 11:35 AM 774
More Russian Irises-Facebook by Ivan_N_Tx Apr 12, 2019 6:15 PM 64
California Dreaming.... by evelyninthegarden Nov 12, 2019 10:38 AM 1,031
Bonnie's Bloomers a.k.a. Fellowship of the Garden by grannysgarden Oct 14, 2019 10:04 PM 1,392
Napa Iris - What Painters' Irises do you have? New orders? by evelyninthegarden Apr 15, 2019 5:13 PM 46
2018 Seedlings by ARUBA1334 May 23, 2019 11:22 PM 698
Blooms 2019 by cliftoncat Nov 13, 2019 7:51 PM 2,470
Timothy! ......... haven't you learned -- ANYTHING????? by TBMan Dec 14, 2018 10:33 AM 87

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