Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Bugsy'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Bugsy
Hybridized by Hager
Registered or introduced: 1992
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Miniature Dwarf Bearded (MDB)


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bright Yellow

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

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)

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):

Honorable Mention

Award of Merit

Caparne-Welch Medal (MDB)

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

Macy, Indiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 29, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

As with the other MDB's in my journal, this is new here in 2006. I am never more amazed at the tiny size of the plants and flowers as well. Bugsy is very 'perky' and brightens up the patio garden just off the back door. The following information is from the AIS Checklist Database: "(Ben Hager, R. 1992). Sdlg. MD5494BkVar. MDB 5-7" (13-18 cm) M. "S. yellow; F. near-black maroon, edged yellow; beards orange yellow. AMD4942CrBrSp: ((Abridged Version sib x (Inca Toy x (sdlg. x Atomic Blue))) x ((Curio x (Prodigy x ((Red-Lilli x Pogo) x Regards))) x ((1997A: (Rickshaw x Lilli-Var) x Bongo) x (Russet Dot x 1997G)))) X Ditto., Adamgrove 1993. HM 1996, AM 1998"


On Feb 15, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1996, Award of Merit 1998, Caparne-Welch Medal 2000