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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Cloud Ballet'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cloud Ballet
Hybridized by Fort; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1988

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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:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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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By Mainer
Thumbnail #1 of Iris  by Mainer

By Sugarbean1
Thumbnail #2 of Iris  by Sugarbean1

By shoptalk
Thumbnail #3 of Iris  by shoptalk

By Paulwhwest
Thumbnail #4 of Iris  by Paulwhwest

By MikenMyrtle
Thumbnail #5 of Iris  by MikenMyrtle

By jfrizzell
Thumbnail #6 of Iris  by jfrizzell

By sjlfinne
Thumbnail #7 of Iris  by sjlfinne

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1 positive
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Mainer On Jan 27, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

I planted this fall 2007 so will wait to see what it does but it bloomed in 2008 the height of a SDB.

Positive JPride1127 On May 29, 2008, JPride1127 from Detroit, MI wrote:

Increases well in Detroit, Michigan. I don't know about rebloom habit yet, very well branched, one stem of mine has 8 flowers. Color is more truly like shoptalk's. I don't know what conditions make it the bright blue of jfrizzel (which is what I wanted) maybe it's sun light because I have only observed it in shade.

Negative Cynara On May 25, 2008, Cynara from Champaign, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

In 5b Illinois I have not found this iris particularly vigorous. I think it keeps trying to rebloom -- failing, in my relatively short season, and wasting energy doing so. As a result the spring bloom is very spotty, compared to other varieties I planted at the same time in the same location.

Neutral Joan On Dec 26, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention 1993


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

Bakersfield, California
Monroe, Connecticut
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Ventress, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Detroit, Michigan
Florence, Mississippi
Lawton, Oklahoma
Grants Pass, Oregon
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
Midland, Texas
Vancouver, Washington

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