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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Cranberry Ice'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cranberry Ice
Hybridized by Schreiner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1973

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5 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
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)


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:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
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):
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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive mypetalpatch On May 7, 2007, mypetalpatch from Cloverdale, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Fantastic rich color, great stalks and lots of bloom 2 yrs in a row now. Mine has bronze/brownish beards like just one of the pics, not the lavender shown in the 3 others. Are we talking about the same iris?

Neutral Tntigger On Jan 4, 2007, Tntigger from Greeneville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

I had this in 2 entirely different beds and both clumps bloomed out this year here in Tennessee.I am hesitant to try it again.Very pretty in bloom.

Positive grannymarsh On Jun 15, 2006, grannymarsh from Marquette, MI (Zone 5a) wrote:

(Schreiner 73) TB Rich cranberry violet self, ruffled; light purple-white beard. (Gracie Pfost x X) HM, AM

Positive pajaritomt On May 28, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

One of my favorites. It is tall and sturdy and the colors are vibrant. It blooms every year and multiplies nicely. I have it planted near some very dark, almost black iris, Study in Black, to be precise. The combination is stunning.

Positive kbads On Aug 20, 2004, kbads from Kirksville, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

In just it's second year, this variety was absolutely spectacular! Lots of blooms, and the color is amazing! Mine seemed to be a bit darker that those pictured, but I didn't get a pic of mine in bloom. I will be sure to take lots more photos next spring. I got lots of compliments on this iris from my neighbors!

Positive woodspirit1 On Oct 24, 2002, woodspirit1 from Lake Toxaway, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

The color is brilliant, glowing, almost neon. The only thing that could be better about this iris would be if it was a rebloomer.

Positive Starzz On Aug 23, 2002, Starzz from Newcastle, ON (Zone 5a) wrote:

Nice deep rich cranberry colour. Very strong sturdy Iris.


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

Cloverdale, California
Chicago, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Alton, Missouri
Kirksville, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Conway, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Weatherford, Texas

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