Tall Bearded Iris 'Altered States'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Altered States
Hybridized by Burseen
Registered or introduced: 1997
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 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:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



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):

Unknown - Tell us

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

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:

Tucson, Arizona

Iowa City, Iowa

Derby, Kansas

Manhattan, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Deer River, Minnesota

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Lawton, Oklahoma

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 19, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Interesting iris - with blooms varying in patterns. Decent growth habits.

S. white ground, heavily washed and streaked purple; style arms dark purple; F. white, dotted, blotched and sometimes streaked purple; unstable pattern; beards purple black, hairs tipped mustard; ruffled; spicy fragrance.

UPDATE: 3/27/09

Altered States - has an unstable gene, and therefore can throw different looking flower patterns.

NOTE: there are 2 different rhizomes circulating that are going by the same name. I'm assuming it is possible that the dotted pattern may have stabilized and now only reproduces itself with that one pattern. However, the unstable blotched and streak pattern still exists also, and reproduces itself with those patterns. I ha... read more