Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Earl of Essex') in the Irises Database

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Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Lloyd Zurbrigg
Year Of Registration: 1979
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1980
Seedling Number: M 46 PL
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 35 inches (89 cm)
Bloom Season: Early
Rebloom
Rebloom by Zone: Known To Rebloom Zone 4: -30° to -20°
Known To Rebloom Zone 6:-10° to 0°
Flower Form: Fluted
Bloom Color Classification: Violet
White
Flower Patterns: Plicata
Bloom Color Description: White, heavily veined and stippled orchid violet on standards and precise 1/3" orchid violet border on falls
Beard Color: Pale orange infused pale violet
Awards: Honorable Mention: 1983

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
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Parentage: (((Crinkled Ivory x Autumn Sensation) x Grand Baroque) x (Sky Queen x Grand Baroque)) X Violet Classic
Child plants: 45 child plants

re-bloomer after rain

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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2016-12-01Rebloomed December 2, 2016 in zone 9
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Location: Kingsport, TNDate: 11/4/18
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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2014-11-13re-bloomer after rain
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Location: New Lots - Delphi, IndianaTwins
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Location: West Valley City, UTDate: 2015-05-14Stalk very short do to cold early in development.
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Location: West Valley City, UT
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Location: New Lots - Delphi, IndianaDate: 2016
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Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TXDate: 2018-04-13
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Location: Kingsport, TNDate: 2018-11-04
By TNLaura
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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2014-11-17
By janwax
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Location: My Garden in Fort Worth, TXDate: 2018-04-13
By javaMom
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Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris Used with permission.
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Photo courtesy of Iris City Gardens
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Location: southern KYDate: 4000-05-22
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Comments:
Posted by critterologist (Frederick, MD - Zone 6b) on Apr 19, 2012 2:35 PM

Reblooms most years for me (zone 6/7)... The purple around the edges of the falls almost looks embroidered, very pretty!

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Plant Events from our members
Zencat On May 13, 2018 Bloomed
Zencat On May 10, 2017 Bloomed
Zencat On May 14, 2015 Bloomed
Maiden bloom
Zencat On June 2, 2014 Obtained plant
From Arlyn
UndyingLight On September 3, 2018 Obtained plant
Planted September 6th after soaking roots.
IrisOnIselin On October 8, 2018 Bloomed
Remontant: First Autumn Bloom
Borderline Zones 7B - 8A
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