Tall Bearded Iris 'Best Bet'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Best Bet
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1988
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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 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:

Light Blue

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Early (E)



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):

Honorable Mention

Award of Merit

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Auburn, California

Coto De Caza, California

Yosemite Lakes, California

Yulee, Florida

Blairsville, Georgia

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Kansas

Hebron, Kentucky

Anacoco, Louisiana

Wayland, Massachusetts

West Springfield, Massachusetts

Kirksville, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Summersville, Missouri

Weatherby, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Elba, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Valdese, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Lawton, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Scio, Oregon

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Sarver, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Readyville, Tennessee

Deer Park, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 29, 2013, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted it in too much shade and that may be why it took 2 years to see a bloom but what a beauty once it bloomed. Spring 2014 Update: It bloomed again in partial shade and this time had a couple extra blooms.


On Nov 8, 2006, ByndeweedBeth from scio, oregon, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

Vigorous blooms of heavenly color.


On Dec 26, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention 1990, Award of Merit 1993