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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Best Bet'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Best Bet
Hybridized by Schreiner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1988

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15 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
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:

Positive eolivas103 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.

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

Vigorous blooms of heavenly color.

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

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


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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