Siberian Iris 'Careless Sally'

Iris sibirica

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Species: sibirica (sy-BEER-ah-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Careless Sally
Hybridized by Schafer-Sacks
Registered or introduced: 1996
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Siberian (SIB)


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 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)

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

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

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Reblooming (Re)



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

Morgan-Wood Medal (SIB)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Boise, Idaho

Red Oak, Iowa

Carlisle, Massachusetts

Vancouver, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 28, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

In 2003, this iris won the Morgan-Wood Medal, the highest award the American Iris Society can give a Siberian iris.

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

"A palette of pastels blending rose, blue and yellow. Flowers have full, round and ruffled falls; pale, ruffled standards; ornate semi-upright styles with large curls; and lovely yellow sunrise signals.

"3 to 4 buds per stalk and repeat bloom."

Note that with Siberian irises, rebloom means additional flower scapes rise in early summer shortly after the first flush of blooms. Unlike tall bearded irises, there is no fall rebloom.

Height 26"

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


On Sep 18, 2008, Adobe_Rose from Boise, ID (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted 6 Siberians in 2008. Careless Sally had about a dozen flower stalks this year. All the others had one. I'm impressed. It looks like it's going to be a great grower here in Boise.


On Dec 22, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '99. Award of Merit '01. Morgan-Wood Medal '03