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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Montmartre'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Montmartre
Hybridized by Keppel; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

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Tall Bearded (TB)


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:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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):
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Adobe_Rose 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.

Neutral Marilynbeth 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 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


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

Bakersfield, California
Boise, Idaho
Robertsville, Missouri
Omaha, Nebraska
Las Vegas, Nevada
Germantown, Tennessee

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