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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Bewilderbeast'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Bewilderbeast
Hybridized by Kasperek; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1994

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18 members have or want this plant for trade.

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

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

Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
White/Near White

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:

Positive ToughinLasVegas On Jan 6, 2009, ToughinLasVegas from Las Vegas, NV (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love this style of flower. It's a nice sturdy plant and a good tall stalk.

Positive Homefire On Aug 30, 2007, Homefire from Portsmouth, VA wrote:

30" M
People generally either love or hate broken color irises. My husban loves them. I find them very intriquing also. This one took 3 years to come into glory, but the wait was worth it. What a beauty it has been for the last 2 years. Even though it is suppose to grow only 30 inches tall, we have ours on an elevated mound. Ours still grows about 34 inches tall, even without the mound.

Neutral Joan On Sep 16, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 1997; Award Of Merit 1999


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Jose, California
Milford, Connecticut
Monroe, Connecticut
Gainesville, Georgia
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Belleville, Michigan
East Tawas, Michigan
Robertsville, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Ellerbe, North Carolina
Lawton, Oklahoma
Yukon, Oklahoma
Columbia, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Portsmouth, Virginia

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