Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris
Iris 'Tantara'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Tantara
Hybridized by Ensminger
Registered or introduced: 1981
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Class:

Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Cream/Tan

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

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:

, (2 reports)

Boise, Idaho

Hagerstown, Maryland

Blanchard, Michigan

West Olive, Michigan

Deer River, Minnesota

Tupelo, Mississippi

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Auburn, New Hampshire

Coshocton, Ohio

Enid, Oklahoma

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Augusta, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

2
positives
1
neutral
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Feb 17, 2007, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

A.Ensminger 1982
HM 1984 AM 1989
S.tan;F.garnet brown;B.pansy violet

Positive

On Jun 14, 2005, Elizabethtown from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

A lovely prolific grower from the beginning. Tantara has been known to produce color breaks due to adverse weather conditions. Giving it a leopard look.

Positive

On May 23, 2004, lilysteel from (Zone 6b) wrote:

Vigorous grower. Colors are rich and earthy. The electric periwinkle beards against the root beer colored falls looks surrealistic and awesome!