Spec-X Iris
Iris 'Alpha Gnu'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Alpha Gnu
Hybridized by Kasperek
Registered or introduced: 1998
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Class:

Species

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Extra early (EE)

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:

Non-patented

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

Randolph-Perry Medal (SPEC-X)

Regional

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

Boise, Idaho

Robertsville, Missouri

Beatrice, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Raleigh, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Greeneville, Tennessee

Galax, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Dec 29, 2013, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted fall 2012, bloomed Spring 2013. One of the prettiest Iris's I have ever seen.

Positive

On Aug 19, 2009, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Alpha Gnu is one of the few broken colored iris I've had that shows vigorous growth. It is roughly equivalent to an Intermediate Bearded Iris in size of the plant, size of the flowers, and time of blooming.

Neutral

On Aug 5, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 2002; Award of Merit 2005; Randolph Perry Medal 2008