Tall Bearded Iris 'Montmartre'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Montmartre
Hybridized by Keppel
Registered or introduced: 2007
» View all varieties of Iris


Tall Bearded (TB)


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 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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Pale Yellow


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)



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)

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

John C. Wister Memorial Medal (TB)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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:

Bakersfield, California

Boise, Idaho

Robertsville, Missouri

Omaha, Nebraska

Las Vegas, Nevada

Sayville, New York

Germantown, Tennessee

show all

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 28, 2010, Adobe_Rose from Boise, ID (Zone 5b) wrote:

Wait until you see this in person, with the sun shining on it. Stunning!
I took it to our iris show. Everyone stopped to look at it and wanted one. I took it to my office and everyone that passed by stopped to look at it. People that never looked any of my other iris. It is eye-catching.


On Jan 31, 2008, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

"Description courtesy of Keith Keppel, used by permission"


EM 33" ((Moonlit Water sib x New Leaf) X High Master)

Standards bishops purple, fall a darker velverty red purple. Chrome yellow beards, white to lemon at the end, are surrounded by the white luminata heart. The quarter-inch straw yellow standard edging and narrower oyster white fall edging show to great advantage on heavily ruffled and flounced petal margins .....like the contrasting hem on a cancan dancer's skirt in action. Oo la la!! Up to three branches and terminal, eight buds, and lots of eye appeal. A tad on the short side, but hey, so was Toulouse-Lautrec.
Seedling #01-49B