Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Thornbird') in the Irises Database

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Hybridizer: Monty Byers
Year Of Registration: 1988
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1989
Seedling Number: D156-1-B
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 35 inches (89 cm)
Bloom Season: Mid
Flower Form: Fluted
Bloom Color Classification: Tan
Green
Violet
Flower Patterns: Blend
Bloom Color Description: Pale ecru standards; greenish tan falls, deeper at hafts which are overlaid by deep violet lines radiating out from around beards and suffusing into center
Beard Color: Violet tipped mustard, violet horns or spoons
Space Age Beard Appendages: Horns
Spoons
Foliage: Purple Based
Fragrance: Slight
Sweet
Awards: Honorable Mention: 1991
Award of Merit: 1993
John C. Wister Medal: 1996
Dykes Memorial Medal: 1997

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 9b
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Parentage: Art of Raphael X B-8-2: (Cease-Fire x Sky Hooks)
Child plants: 125 child plants

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Location: My Garden in Janesville, WIDate: 2014-06-04
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2017-05-12
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Location: Las Cruces, NMDate: 2019-04-27TB Iris Thornbird
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Location: Bytom/Poland/Date: 2014-05-27
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Location: Schreiner's Iris Gardens, Salen, OregonDate: 2015-05-18AIS National Convention, Portland, OR--Iris in Wonderland 2015
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Location: San Rafael, CADate: 2017-04-24 Beware of the Golden Panther looming in the background
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Location: San Rafael, CADate: 2017-05-04
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At Schreiner's Iris Gardens
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Location: San Rafael, CADate: 2017-04-24
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Location: my gardensDate: 4-25-2018the horns on this are incredible
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Location: new albany, in
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Location: Aquitania (France)Date: 2012-06-01
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Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2009-05-23
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Location: WisconsinDate: 2011
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Location: Bochnia, PolandDate: 2014-06-14
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Location: Bochnia, PolandDate: 2014-06-14
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Location: Catheys Valley CAPhoto courtesy of Superstition Iris Gardens, posted with permissi
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Location: Poilly-Lez-Gien France"Photo courtesy of Cayeux Iris. Used with permission."
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Location: Knoxville, TN
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Location: Santa Clara, CADate: 2016-05-02
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Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EUDate: 2016-06-10Photo in shade
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Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TXDate: 2018-04-13
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Location: Conroe, TexasDate: 4/11/2019
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Location: my yardDate: 2018
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Location: Yorkville, ILDate: 2020-06-01
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2012-05-03
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Location: Yukon, OklahomaDate: late Apriltop view of bloom
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Location: Aquitania (France)Date: 2012-06-01
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Location: Bytom/Poland/Date: 2014-05-27
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Location: north central TexasDate: 2004-04-26
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Location: Cisco, Tx
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Location: Cisco, Tx
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Location: Conroe, TexasDate: 2020-04-19First Bloom of the 2020 Season.
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At Schreiner's Iris Gardens
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Location: East TX  zone 8aDate: 2006
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Location: In my gardenDate: 2013-05-14
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Location: Knoxville, TNDate: 2014-05-10
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Location: Lewiston, IdahoDate: 5-14-2015
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Location: Lewiston, IdahoDate: 5-14-2015
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Location: New ZealandDate: 2013-11-03
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Location: San Rafael, CADate: 2018-04-29Stick out your beard and say ‘ah’
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Location: Conroe, TexasDate: 2019-04-11
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Posted by pitcherell4 on Dec 17, 2016 9:49 AM

Pictures do not do this iris justice. It is my favorite among them all and is increasing well in my zone 5. It also has stong stalks.

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Plant Events from our members
Zencat On May 20, 2018 Bloomed
Zencat On May 11, 2017 Bloomed
Zencat On July 25, 2015 Obtained plant
From Mary Ann
chelle On July 10, 2015 Transplanted
Date rec'd and planted.

Old veggie patch, N side.
evelyninthegarden On September 15, 2017 Obtained plant
Obtained a huge clump from Rob. I planted the clump 9-16-2017
VAMOJO On August 11, 2017 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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id? by Paul2032 Jun 8, 2014 9:12 PM 6
So tasty by lilpod13 May 4, 2017 7:05 PM 0
Great picture of Thornbird. by Paul2032 Aug 14, 2019 2:40 PM 0
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My first seedlings by Hybridizer Jul 25, 2020 12:48 AM 47
Iris pictures to get us through in the winter... by evelyninthegarden Mar 15, 2020 9:47 PM 404
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What's the allure over Dusky Challenger? by lilpod13 Jul 9, 2020 8:36 PM 51
Have your seedlings bloomed by Charriet Jul 12, 2019 12:29 AM 26
Better Late Than Never.... by LizinElizabeth Jun 23, 2019 7:10 PM 76
I got a box! 2019 by evelyninthegarden Dec 12, 2019 12:19 AM 525
I'm...going to take a break. by UndyingLight May 9, 2019 3:21 PM 45
Monty Byers - What a run he had. How many Byers irises do you have? by UndyingLight May 15, 2019 6:52 AM 16
TBs that make a clump quickly! by bluegrassmom Jun 17, 2019 3:11 PM 48

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