Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Firestorm'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Firestorm
Hybridized by Smith
Registered or introduced: 1992
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Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 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:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:

Early (E)



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:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Macy, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Salvisa, Kentucky

Durham, Maine

South Paris, Maine

Deer River, Minnesota

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Auburn, New Hampshire

Coshocton, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 26, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Consistently one of the earliest SDB's to bloom here. The following is taken from the AIS Checklist Database: " FIRESTORM: (Marky Smith, R. 1992). Sdlg. 89-25C. SDB 13 1/2" (35 cm) E. "S. nearly solid burgundy (RHS 183A), fading to buff washed burgundy in center, burgundy midrib; F. aureloin yellow (2A), heavily lined and washed port wine (183C), becoming solid port wine at rim; beards old gold (162A); ruffled. Rusty Dusty X Tender Tears., Aitken's Salmon Creek 1994. HM 1996, AM 1998 "


On Oct 30, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '96, Award of Merit '98