Border Bearded Iris 'Batik'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Batik
Hybridized by Ensminger
Registered or introduced: 1985
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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:

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

Knowlton Medal (BB)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

, (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

Alton, Missouri

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

Graham, North Carolina

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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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 15, 2015, NJIrisGuy from Toms River, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

"Psychedelic" iris somehow do not appeal to me, and 'Batik' is an iris that I truly did not like at all and found it to be odd, bizarre, and truly unattractive and not at all what I believe an iris should look like, so I dug it up and discarded the plant. It grew well, it grew fast. It was just not my taste at all .


On Apr 20, 2015, StellaElla from Graham, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I bought a selection of re-blooming iris at a big box store 2 years ago at $4 a rhizome. They are all healthy leaf-wise, but "Batik" actually made the effort to grow and produce two large clusters of bloom stalks this year. A beautiful color and unusual markings add to it's charm. I live in the South and aphids often attack my iris in addition to the roses, but they seemed to leave this one alone. Worth a try in any garden.


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.


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!


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


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

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


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.