Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Fabian'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Fabian
Hybridized by Salter
Registered or introduced: 1868
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Class:

Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Purple

Cream/Tan

Silver/Gray

Bloom Time:

Late (La)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

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

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

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

Awards (if applicable):

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Indianapolis, Indiana

Spencer, Indiana

Deer River, Minnesota

Alton, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Roswell, New Mexico

Concord, North Carolina

Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 16, 2013, Dave39 from Mount Wolf, PA wrote:

The 1939 checklist listed this variety as obsolete. It was found growing at Presby Memorial Garden in New Jersey according to AIS information.

Positive

On May 24, 2010, lhabitat from Spencer, IN wrote:

Fabian -- Salter 1868 England---listed on the historic website as a smokey purple---standards are smokey grey/lavender/tan depending on exposure and bloom; falls Tyrian purple---extremely fragrant --- diploid---branching---vigorous.