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Tall Bearded Iris 'Aura Light'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Aura Light
Hybridized by B. Blyth
Registered or introduced: 1993
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 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

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)

White/Near White

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:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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:


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:

Tucson, Arizona

Durham, Maine

Las Vegas, Nevada

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico

Raleigh, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 15, 2015, paniitoo from Taos, NM wrote:

I found an iris in 1990 in my backyard which looks like Aura Light. I would like to know if anybody else's Aura Light is extremely vigorous?

Mine has to be divided every 2 years. The blooms are huge (5"), start blooming mid-May and bloom continuously until July or August in Taos, New Mexico, zone 5a, high desert, soil pH 8.4, water pH 8.1.


On Jan 6, 2009, ToughinLasVegas from Reno, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:

This was the first in my garden to take off and bloomed like crazy.


On Mar 19, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 1998; Award of Merit 2000


On Nov 16, 2003, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Once this became established - - it was beautiful and grew very well.

Note update March 2006:
It's still as lovely as ever. Grows wonderfully and is a dependable bloomer.