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Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Hottentot'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Hottentot
Hybridized by Smith
Registered or introduced: 1993
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Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)


6-12 in. (15-30 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:


Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)



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:

Anchorage, Alaska

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 9, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

A beautiful little bearded iris. The color upon blooming is vibrant. Bearded iris generally don't grow in my area (Anchorage, AK and north); they tend to rot easily here. But I have been successful in getting at least two dwarf's to survive two winters, Hottentot and Autumn Jester. I covered with hay the first winter and lost over half, especially the larger tubers, to rot. Couldn't get the hay clear of the ice. Next year I put only about an inch or so of dirt on top and was more successful in removing it as it thawed, but still lost a lot of the larger tubers. I have at least a dozen that survived, some of which are larger, but haven't bloomed yet. As each one does, I update my database to pinpoint which have a better chance of survival. Oh, Lady in Red also survived and bloome... read more


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

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '97, Award of Merit '99