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PlantFiles: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris
Iris 'Tantara'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Tantara
Hybridized by Ensminger; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1981

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)


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
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


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:

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral grannymarsh 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 Elizabethtown 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 lilysteel 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!


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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