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Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris
Iris 'Betsey Boo'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Betsey Boo
Hybridized by Warburton
Registered or introduced: 1974
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Class:

Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:

Pink

Red

Bloom Time:

Early (E)

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)

Late (La)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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

Colorado Springs, Colorado

Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Macy, Indiana

Durham, Maine

Shepherd, Montana

Belfield, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 18, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

It is difficult to realize this iris was introduced almost 32 years ago! Yet it is still as attractive in the garden as many of the modern dwarf irises. I am especially fond of the pastel pink color and its quaint, dainty form. Very good growth and bloom habits, and completely hardy. Highly recommended!

Positive

On Jul 13, 2004, jhyshark from Scottville, MI (Zone 4b) wrote:

Although a very pastel color it blooms well. A little taller than some of the other dwarfs... just over 12" high. This was a 1980 Award of Merit Winner.