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PlantFiles: Border Bearded Iris
Iris 'Batik'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Batik
Hybridized by Ensminger; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1985

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34 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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive suzebrown On May 23, 2013, suzebrown from New York, NY wrote:

I grow 'Batik' in a pot on my NYC terrace and call it "the hippie tie-dye" for its splashy coloration. Something a little more refined would have suited me better, but its performance is terrific.

Positive Margiempv On Mar 14, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love this one because EACH individual flower is different. A truly amazing Border bearded!

Neutral Joan On Dec 17, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '88, Award of Merit '90, Knowlton Medal '92

Positive Elizabethtown On Jun 14, 2005, Elizabethtown from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

Engsminger, 1985. 26" BB. Blooms M. (Aegean Star X Purple Steaker).

Positive mystic On Jan 27, 2003, mystic from Ewing, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is a true beauty that really stands out in the garden.
It's a royal purple with white streaks, the markings are really different than most iris.


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

, (4 reports)
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Bentonville, Arkansas
Harrison, Arkansas
Auburn, California
Bakersfield, California
Canoga Park, California
Encinitas, California
Fremont, California
Sacramento, California
Clifton, Colorado
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Gainesville, Georgia
Hawkinsville, Georgia
Kuna, Idaho
Nampa, Idaho
Twin Falls, Idaho
Chadwick, Illinois
Des Plaines, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Portage, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Council Bluffs, Iowa
South Amana, Iowa
Ewing, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Smiths Grove, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
Hagerstown, Maryland
Preston, Maryland
Loreto, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Blanchard, Michigan
Gladwin, Michigan
Swartz Creek, Michigan
Trenton, Michigan
West Olive, Michigan
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Robertsville, Missouri
Weatherby, Missouri
Harlowton, Montana
Shepherd, Montana
Beatrice, Nebraska
Blair, Nebraska
Auburn, New Hampshire
Salem, New Jersey
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Roswell, New Mexico
Brockport, New York
Cicero, New York
Coram, New York
Elba, New York
Hilton, New York
Kingston, New York
Lake Placid, New York
New York City, New York
Schenectady, New York
Beachwood, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Granville, Ohio
Newark, Ohio
North Ridgeville, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Lawton, Oklahoma
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Gold Hill, Oregon
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Crystal Spring, Pennsylvania
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Rapid City, South Dakota
Celina, Tennessee
Clarksville, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Cleburne, Texas
Coppell, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (3 reports)
Jacksonville, Texas
Palo Pinto, Texas
Wells, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Chesapeake, Virginia
Roanoke, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Pullman, Washington
Rosalia, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Weston, West Virginia
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Tomah, Wisconsin

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