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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
Harbeck-fruitdale, Oregon
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Midland, Texas
White Settlement, Texas
Walnut Grove, Washington

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