Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Larry Gaulter
Year Of Registration: 1971
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1973
Seedling Number: 69-67
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 38 inches (97 cm)
Bloom Season: Mid
Flower Form: Ruffled
Bloom Color Classification: Orchid
Bloom Color Description: Light blue orchid, white fall centers
Beard Color: White tipped yellow, orange in throat
Awards: Honorable Mention: 1974
Award of Merit: 1976
Dykes Memorial Medal: 1979

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
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Parentage: Town and Country X (Marie Phillips x Sterling Silver)
Child plants: 72 child plants

Common names
  • Iris
  • Tall Bearded Iris

Photo Gallery
Uploaded by William
Location: My garden, Sweden
Date: June 2017
Location: my garden, Utah
Date: 2021-05-29

Date: 2020-05-17

Mary Frances

Date: 2012-05-23
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-05-30
Second year, first bloom.

Spring 2009
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-05-27
Flower is actually a light blue
Location: Iowa
Date: 2013-05-28
Location: Daisydo's garden
Date: 2021-05-20
Location: charlottetown, pei, canada
Date: 2020 june 25
Iris-Mary Frances ,these are like siamese twins.there was even ex
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-05-27
Bud Unfurling
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2024-04-11
Uploaded by Betja
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-05-30
Second year, first bloom.
Location: My Gardens
Date: June 9, 2014
Last Bloom Of Mary Frances
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-05-27
Bloom with bud
Uploaded by MaryDurtschi
Uploaded by Lbsmitty
Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VA
Date: 2017-05-27
Iris is in a pot
Location: Northern Germany
Date: 2007-05-22
Location: Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska
Date: 2012-05-04
Uploaded by Betja
Location: In my garden. Poland.
Location: Nocona,Texas zn.7 My gardens
Date: 2023-04-19
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 27, 2008
Oldie, But Goodie!
Location: Daisydo's garden
Date: 2020-05-24
Mary Frances
Location: BC
Date: June 2014
Location: East Tennessee
Date: 2016-04-29
Location: My Gardens
Date: Photo 5/25/10
Photo In Early Morning Sunlight
Location: Michigan-my garden
Location: Whitesboro, TX
Date: 2018-05-13
Image courtesy of The Shady Spot Iris. All rights reserved.
Location: Daisydo's garden
Date: 2020-05-19
Mary Frances

Photo Courtesy of Daylilies by the Pond. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Image courtesy of Winterberry Iris Gardens
Location: In my garden. Poland.
Uploaded by Betja
Uploaded by Betja

Date: 2009-04-13
Location: iowa
Date: 2012-04-25
Location: Iowa
Date: 2012-05-01
Location: East Facing Garden, NE TX
Date: 2012-03-29

Photo courtesy of Pleasants Valley Iris Farm
  • Uploaded by Joy
Uploaded by MaryDurtschi
Location: My garden in Bakersfield, CA
Date: April 22, 2012
Location: My garden in Bakersfield, CA
Date: April 24, 2012
Location:  Poilly-Lez-Gien France
"Photo courtesy of Cayeux Iris. Used with permission."
Uploaded by avmoran

Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris. Used with permission.
Uploaded by Misawa77

Photo courtesy of Rainbow Iris Farm
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Plant Events from our members
aspenhill On April 19, 2004 Obtained plant
Schreiner's Iris Gardens - qty 7
VAMOJO On September 15, 2017 Obtained plant
VAMOJO On July 14, 2017 Obtained plant
Hajue From July 3, 2017 to July 3, 2015 Transplanted
MrsBinWY On June 24, 2019 Transplanted
On 6-24-2019, planted 6 seedlings east of the 2 new Salvia azurea.
MrsBinWY On May 5, 2019 Seeds sown
2; 4 showing 5-12-19
MrsBinWY On September 23, 2018 Seeds sown
soaked seeds ~ 2 weeks w/daily water changes; seeds sown 10-7-18 & put on back patio; 24 seeds from Joyce's 2018G (~18 look viable)
SkirtGardener On August 29, 2020 Obtained plant
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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The fragrance of purple by vic Mar 29, 2012 11:46 AM 2
perfect lighting by cliftoncat Dec 16, 2016 4:54 PM 20

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