Tall Bearded Iris 'Cloud Ballet'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cloud Ballet
Hybridized by Fort
Registered or introduced: 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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention 1993