Arilbred Iris
Iris 'Nineveh'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Nineveh
Hybridized by K. Keppel
Registered or introduced: 1965
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Arilbred (AB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)



Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

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Soil pH requirements:

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)

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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

Tucson, Arizona

Robertsville, Missouri

Concord, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 30, 2011, themikesmom wrote:

Nineveh (Bang x Capitola) Historic OB ArilBred 30" E from Keith Keppel, 1965. William Mohr Award, 1969. As Aril irises that are bred with TB iris to make Arilbreds come from the deserts of the middle-east, it is fitting that this beauty is called Nineveh, one of the oldest cities in Ancient Mesopotamia, in present day northern Iraq. Standards are a Purple Magenta, flushed brown at the base. falls are red-violet washed with a warmer brown. Nineveh can sometimes exhibit a range of different color variations believed to be dependent on the drynes or dampness, conditions of the soil its planted in, due to its aril heritage which can make it's color vary from being very light in color to very dark almost black.
My son got his Nineveh iris from Victoria and Daryl of Willowbend Iris Farm ... read more


On Oct 28, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: HC 1965, HM 1967, NTG Award 1968, JC 1967, 1968, William Mohr Award 1969