Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris
Iris 'Pele'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Pele
Hybridized by Aitken
Registered or introduced: 1993
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Class:

Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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:

Orange

Dark Purple/Black

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Late Midseason (MLa)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

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)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

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

Cook- Douglas Medal (SDB)

Regional

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

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Bentonville, Arkansas

Crestline, California

Winterville, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Durham, Maine

Deer River, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Tupelo, Mississippi

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Norristown, Pennsylvania

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On Dec 19, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '95, Award of Merit '97, Cook-Douglas Medal '99

Positive

On Jun 11, 2003, mhelm from Fargo, ND wrote:

A mass of color for weeks and weeks -- one of the longest flowering irises I've ever seen. Unusual colors, a real standout. Prolific and vigorous. Highly recommended.