Tall Bearded Iris 'Breakers'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Breakers
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1986
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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:

Medium Blue

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):

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

Bakersfield, California

Grand Junction, Colorado

Chicago, Illinois

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Ventress, Louisiana

South China, Maine

Blanchard, Michigan

Brunswick, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Beatrice, Nebraska

Auburn, New Hampshire

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Elba, New York

Lawton, Oklahoma

Ponca City, Oklahoma

Celina, Tennessee

Greeneville, Tennessee

San Antonio, Texas

Edmonds, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 2, 2009, sissi1 from Modesto, CA wrote:

I just bought Breakers this summer and planted it in September. It already has 3 babies and a nice tall stalk with a bud on it! Can't wait to see the bloom!
I'm in Modesto, CA.


On Sep 5, 2009, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Breakers has shown excellent growth habits and rapid increase in my garden. It has never rebloomed for me, but here in zone 5, rebloom is often hard to come by for any iris.


On Jul 13, 2008, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Never blooms. Had since 2004 and it only bloomed in 2005. Will get rid of this year.


On Jul 28, 2007, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

Grows beautifully here in our high, dry climate. Beautiful blue blooms that seem to vary in color with the time of day and the brightness of the light. One of my favorites.


On May 23, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1988; Award of Merit 1990


On Jun 19, 2005, Songbird839 from Medicine Hat, AB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Bloomed well in first year. Can survive zone 3b and high winds.


On May 30, 2004, Wandasflowers from Cedar Rapids, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

It took 2 years for the roots to take hold, but the wealth of deep blue blooms was a great reward.


On Jun 24, 2003, HomeGrown from Midlothian, VA wrote:

Have had good success with this iris but had to wait a season after transplanting for bloom. Bloomed well in full and partial sun.