Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Mary Frances') in the Irises Database

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

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Location: My garden, SwedenDate: June 2017
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Date: 2020-05-17
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Mary Frances
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Spring 2009
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-05-27Flower is actually a light blue
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Location: IowaDate: 2013-05-28
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Location: My GardensDate: June 9, 2014Last Bloom Of Mary Frances
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-05-27Bloom with bud
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-05-27Bud Unfurling
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Location: My GardensDate: May 27, 2008Oldie, But Goodie!
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Location: In my garden, Falls Church, VADate: 2017-05-27Iris is in a pot
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Location: In my garden. Poland.
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Location: My GardensDate: Photo 5/25/10Photo In Early Morning Sunlight
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Location: BCDate: June 2014
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Location: Northern GermanyDate: 2007-05-22SANYO DIGITAL CAMERA
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Location: Daisydo's gardenDate: 2020-05-24Mary Frances
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Date: 2009-04-13
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Location: East Facing Garden, NE TXDate: 2012-03-29
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Location: iowaDate: 2012-04-25
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Location: IowaDate: 2012-05-01
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Photo Courtesy of Daylilies by the Pond. Used with Permission.
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Location: In my garden. Poland.
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Location: Michigan-my garden
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Location: Daisydo's gardenDate: 2020-05-19Mary Frances
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Location: My garden in Bakersfield, CADate: April 22, 2012
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Location: My garden in Bakersfield, CADate: April 24, 2012
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Photo courtesy of Pleasants Valley 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
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VAMOJO On July 14, 2017 Obtained plant
KC-MI
Hajue From July 3, 2017 to July 3, 2015 Transplanted
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
Kinda went overboard - maybe by Topdecker Jul 27, 2020 11:23 AM 44
Your top ten irises.... by evelyninthegarden Jun 15, 2020 12:28 AM 34
I am looking for Tall Bearded Iris Adoree by cocoajuno May 31, 2020 8:58 PM 19
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Final year of evaluation before introduction 2021 by TBManOR May 15, 2020 6:58 PM 72
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2020 Orders by BlueFlagFan Apr 23, 2020 2:46 AM 286
Season 2020 by shizen Sep 26, 2020 2:34 PM 1,471
Iris pictures to get us through in the winter... by evelyninthegarden Mar 15, 2020 9:47 PM 404
Iris international competition by ttkc4704 Mar 22, 2020 3:36 PM 19
My 2019 Northern Blooms by Lbsmitty Jun 29, 2019 10:06 PM 199
2019 Bloom has started - Daisy's Garden by DaisyDo Jun 7, 2019 7:29 PM 80
What Did You Lose Over Winter? by evelyninthegarden Jun 2, 2020 12:12 AM 78
Choose 10 by DaisyDo Jul 20, 2020 12:16 PM 85
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Blooms 2019 by cliftoncat Mar 11, 2020 9:12 PM 2,568
poor form in standards becoming a trend? by DaisyDo Feb 25, 2019 11:54 AM 99
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