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PlantFiles: Border Bearded Iris
Iris 'Baboon Bottom'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Baboon Bottom
Hybridized by Kasperek; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1993

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Border Bearded (BB)

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

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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
Knowlton Medal (BB)

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2 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 On Apr 26, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted Fall 2013, Bloomed Spring 2014. Looks like it will have about 6 blooms when it is done blooming. Healthy plant and the flowers are absolutely gorgeous both in color and in markings. Color/Markings vary slightly from flower to flower adding to it's interest.

Positive long_rider On Jun 16, 2011, long_rider from Clio, CA wrote:

First year in ground survived worst winter/spring we've ever had and put out some beautiful flowers to boot!

Negative Mainecoon On Jul 5, 2008, Mainecoon from Shepherd, MT wrote:

winter kill every year I get it, gave up on trying to grow it

Neutral Joan On Sep 20, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '96, Award of Merit '98, Knowlton Medal '02


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

Clio, California
Manhattan, Kansas
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Trout, Louisiana
Hagerstown, Maryland
Deer River, Minnesota
Metuchen, New Jersey
Salem, New Jersey
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Coshocton, Ohio
Lawton, Oklahoma
Columbia, South Carolina
Gainesboro, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee

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