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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Classic Bordeaux'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Classic Bordeaux
Hybridized by Ernst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1996

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7 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 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

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)


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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive RobertWM On Oct 30, 2010, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

An acceptable grower, not the best, not the worst in the yard but a nice red color out of the maroon purple side of the spectrum. Tall stalks display the flowers well and my neighbors, who don't know that there is no true red iris, refer to it as "that red one". They comment on it every year so this proves its eye catching quality.

Positive mypetalpatch On Jun 6, 2008, mypetalpatch from Cloverdale, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

An incredibly deep, very rich, red cherry/burgundy color - not at all brassy or brown. Its texture resembles a combination of heavy satin and velvet. Beautifully ruffled form with large flowers, great stalks, and loads of blooms so you can enjoy them for a long time. This iris is gorgeous - it caught my eye in a huge field of irises and pulled me over (weird, but I had the distinct feeling of wishing to just remain there in its presence - so I'll make a seat next to where mine grows). I admit to having avoided the solid (self) reds as a class as they seemed so imposing for such a self-reflective flower as the iris, but as I marked up my catalogues with notes and visited growers, somewhere in the process of finding all the "other" colors and patterns, I fell deeply for two beauties: this and 'Dynamite' - a huge, smooth-colored bright red - both irises too lovely not to own.

Neutral doss On Mar 14, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Tall bearded iris "Classic Bordeaux" won AIS Honorary Mention in 1999. It's a tall iris - almost 40".


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

Happy Jack, Arizona
Santa Rosa, California
Blanchard, Michigan
Clawson, Michigan
Salem, New Jersey
Lawton, Oklahoma
Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee

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