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Tall Bearded Iris 'Champagne Elegance'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Champagne Elegance
Hybridized by Niswonger
Registered or introduced: 1986
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Tall Bearded (TB)


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

Pale Yellow

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

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:


Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Sherwood, Arkansas

Montara, California

Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Yulee, Florida

Gainesville, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Seneca, Illinois

Macy, Indiana

Seymour, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Wayland, Iowa

Derby, Kansas

Manhattan, Kansas (2 reports)

Wichita, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Ewing, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Revere, Massachusetts

Robertsville, Missouri

Weatherby, Missouri

Auburn, New Hampshire

Union, New Jersey

Lake Placid, New York

Lawton, Oklahoma

Albany, Oregon

Morrisville, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Sherman, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Stuarts Draft, Virginia

The Plains, Virginia

South Prairie, Washington

Tomah, Wisconsin

Cheyenne, Wyoming

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 5, 2013, M2mom from Salem, SC wrote:

Mine reblooms but the colors are very washed and muddy looking. Not at all like the picture they showed at purchase place. I have noticed that they enhance the colors of many online photos. I would not have bought this had I known the true coloration.


On Feb 2, 2010, 1913cat from Robertsville, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Interesting, AIS does not list it as a rebloomer.


On Oct 21, 2006, docturf from Conway, SC (Zone 8b) wrote:

One of my most dependable rebloomers -- coastal South Carolina. Docturf


On Oct 20, 2006, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

A rather slow grower and not a dependable bloomer in spring, let allone fall, for me here in zone 6a. It sat and was gradually encroached upon by other, better growing iris, at which point I replaced it with something more productive. Seems to be dependable for some people but not here.


On May 13, 2006, gregfaithemily from Seymour, IN wrote:

This is not an impressive specimen. I thought it would be more striking from the photo at purchase. I was disappointed. I have a large collection and this one hasn't bloomed in 2 years.


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

Lovely iris! Reblooms here too!!!


On Dec 26, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention 1989; Award of Merit 1991


On May 30, 2004, Wandasflowers from Cedar Rapids, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

The blooms are not only large & consistent, but they don't fall over in Iowa's torrential spring rains!


On Aug 5, 2003, Irisgal from San Luis Obispo, CA wrote:

Standards opened a pale blue-white this cool spring. The fall color seemed more intense too.


On May 20, 2003, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

Exceptional, fail safe bloomer. Does not always rebloom here in southern zone 5 - several erratic winters and summers have caused the rebloom to be equally erratic, but if it only blooms the one time it is still stunning.


On Mar 10, 2003, Jill46 wrote:

I've had this Iris for years. It's falls have a metallic glitter or shimmer to them over a beige fall with cream standards. It is very prolific- started with one and have had dozens over the years to sell or give away. Reblooms dependably in Colorado (Zone 5) depending on how early our first frost is. Quite often will produce 2 bloom stalks with 6-8 buds per stalk. Not huge blooms but very pretty.


On Mar 7, 2003, Kelli from L.A. (Canoga Park), CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

Tall bearded irises are usually no-brainers in my climate, but this one doesn't even bloom every spring, let alone rebloom later in the year. My climate is zone 10 of inland California.

May 11, 2005 - Edited to change rating to Neutral, as it is performing better now.


On Aug 30, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Near-white standards stand out against falls that are a gentle blending of buff, apricot, and peach. Prolific bloomer. Dependable rebloomer in late summer.