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Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Chasing Rainbows'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Chasing Rainbows
Hybridized by Hager
Registered or introduced: 1995
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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


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)




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:

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


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


Bakersfield, California

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Monroe, Connecticut

Gainesville, Georgia

Manhattan, Kansas (2 reports)

Blanchard, Michigan

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

South Sioux City, Nebraska

Las Vegas, Nevada

Salem, New Jersey

Holbrook, New York

Lake Placid, New York

Albany, Oregon

Grants Pass, Oregon

Columbia, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Lubbock, Texas

Kingston, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 24, 2011, 500Greenthumb from South Sioux City, NE wrote:

Lovely flower...Very slow on increase


On Jul 25, 2009, dertdiggr from Holbrook, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

tried with trepidation and found it be a joy, did not bloom prolifically (first year only one stalk) but blooms were solid, extremely strong with great vigor. Plant multiplied rapidly for first year growth. Each bloom slightly different in color and substance but each breathtaking.


On Feb 21, 2009, Tntigger from Greeneville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Beautiful iris, slow to multiply for us here in zone 6b.


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

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention 2000; Award of Merit 2002


On May 26, 2005, Mainecoon from Shepherd, MT wrote:

Chasing rainbows has done very well for me


On Nov 30, 2004, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Unfortunatley, I've tried growing this one twice. The first spring it will bloom just beautifully, and then - less than a year later it will die. Maybe it's the climate, I'm not sure, but disappointing none-the-less.