Tall Bearded Iris 'Diversion'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Diversion
Hybridized by Johnson
Registered or introduced: 2002
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)

USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)


Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):

Honorable Mention

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Libertyville, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Hagerstown, Maryland

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 23, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 2007


On May 27, 2007, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a first year iris in my garden in 2007. Whenever I first see a new bloom I try to remember my first impressions. In this case the first thought I had was "Grape Kool-Aid" with 'sparkles' dusted on it. With the disastrous freezes in early April I was concerned about this one, but it pulled through with minimal damage. I gladly give it a positive review for this factor alone! And its looks aren't too shabby either. The following information is taken from the AIS Check List database: "(Tom Johnson, R. 2002), Sdlg. R130A. TB, 35" (89 cm), M "Diamond-dusted slate violet, style arms with gold sides, F. with bluish cast around beard; beards orange, tan orange at end; pronounced spicy fragrance. N19A: (Sultry Mood x Conjuration) X N4A: (Sea Quest x Proud Tradition). Mid-America, Roris 200... read more