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Siberian Iris 'Banish Misfortune'

Iris sibirica

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: sibirica (sy-BEER-ah-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Banish Misfortune
Hybridized by Schafer-Sacks
Registered or introduced: 1999
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Siberian (SIB)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow


Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)



This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

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

Award of Merit

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Carlisle, Massachusetts

Galesburg, Michigan

Deer River, Minnesota

Coshocton, Ohio

Vancouver, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 17, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In 2011, this iris won the Morgan-Woods Medal, the highest award the American Iris Society can give a Siberian Iris.

The breeders, Marty Schafer and Jan Sacks, have written:

"Reminiscent of I.sibirica with fuller form and subtle coloring. Mid-lavender-blue with large yellow to cream signals, veined deep purple. Tailored form.

"Outstanding clump with tall strong stalks and six to seven buds per stalk."

Height 45".

Schafer-Sacks irises have won many awards, including 7 of the last 9 Morgan-Woods Medals.


On Jul 22, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 2003; Award of Merit 2007; Morgan-Wood Medal Runner Up 2009