Intermediate Bearded Iris
Iris 'Oklahoma Bandit'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Oklahoma Bandit
Hybridized by Nichols
Registered or introduced: 1979
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Class:

Intermediate Bearded (IB)

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Red

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)

Late (La)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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

Hans and Jacob Sass Medal (IB)

Regional

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

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Colorado Springs, Colorado

Gainesville, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hagerstown, Maryland

Deer River, Minnesota

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Coshocton, Ohio

Lawton, Oklahoma

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Augusta, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jul 8, 2008, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: HM 1982, AM 1984, Sass 1988.

Positive

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

The maroon print on the falls makes this iris compliment most dark "reds".

Positive

On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

Nichols '80 E This is one that has to grow on you. At first sight the reaction is usually "yuck" until you really look at it. It is a blend of soft golden yellow with brown and hints of lavender. Grows, blooms and multiplies well.