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PlantFiles: 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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1995

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12 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:
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

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3 positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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

Lovely flower...Very slow on increase

Positive dertdiggr 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.

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

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

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

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

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

Chasing rainbows has done very well for me

Negative Margiempv 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.


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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