Tall Bearded Iris 'Calliope's Dream'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Calliope's Dream
Hybridized by Muska
Registered or introduced: 1996
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Tall Bearded (TB)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

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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:

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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):

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

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:

Saint Louis, Missouri

Concord, North Carolina

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 31, 2011, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Calliope's Dream, [French Gown x (Geniality x Red Tornado)] is an Awesome Intoduction from Muska 1996. It's brilliant bright pink-magenta lavender color is like nothing ive ever seen before and connot be described with words alone, you just have to see it and witness its unique stand out alone,one of a kind color and qualities. their is no other 40" tall tb iris with quite this exact color and growing among other color varieties of tb iris it makes for a wonderful addition to the rainbow of a TB iris garden. Again she is one of a kind. you can currently still get Calliope's Dream from Blue-J iris in Nebraska which is were i just got mine. peace..mike.