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PlantFiles: Miniature Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Bumblebee Deelite'

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

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8 members have or want this plant for trade.

Miniature Tall Bearded (MTB)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 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 Yellow
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)


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
Williamson-White Medal (MTB)

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pegster57 On May 29, 2013, pegster57 from Charlottesville, VA wrote:

This was my first MTB. Bumblebee Delight grows exceptionally well for me in hot, humid central Va, zone 7a. It is free of disease, rot (even in wet years) and it's cheery blooms just keep on coming. I couldn't recommend it more highly. I have it in full sun next to the deck where it gets a little bit of shade from the deck. It is in continually moist soil, thanks to its proximity to the rain barrel. None of my tall beardeds did well in this spot, but this little guy is an energizer bunny!

Positive eukofios On Aug 31, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Bumblebee Delite is a cute iris. It did well for me in a container, and also in the ground. Bumblebee Delite multiples quickly in my garden. It increased from one plant to an area about 3 feet in diameter, densely packed, in about 6 years. This year I divided it, gave away a bunch of rhizomes, replanted some, and had extras that I planted in a fence-row, to see how they do in a naturalizing situation.

Positive Mainer On Jan 27, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Proving hardy in my zone and mixes with almost anything.

Neutral Joan On Dec 18, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '88, Williamson-White Medal '93


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

, (2 reports)
Boise, Idaho
Machesney Park, Illinois
Muncie, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Durham, Maine
Onekama, Michigan
Chaska, Minnesota
Tupelo, Mississippi
Robertsville, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Auburn, New Hampshire
Kingston, New York
Coshocton, Ohio
Lawton, Oklahoma
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Greeneville, Tennessee
Charlottesville, Virginia
Portsmouth, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington

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