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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Crimson King'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Crimson King
Hybridized by Barr; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1893

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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)

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:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive themikesmom On Mar 26, 2012, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

Crimson King is an Early blooming Historic and is a Rebloomer sometimes too which is rare for a historic! purple with a glowing transluscent crimson red tinge too it. It is wonderful, and multiplies like a weed. my son and me dug some of this up from an elderly women who must have had about 300 bulbs of it at the foot of her property and she let me photgraph it, it was a beautiful site to behold! it may be a shorter variety, but its glowing, luminesent color, is like no other iris! Sandra

Positive grovespirit On Aug 3, 2011, grovespirit from Sunset Valley, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

What this antique iris variety lacks in height, it more than makes up for in color and fragrance!
This classic reblooming iris is powerfully fragrant, with sweet spicy notes of vanilla, oakmoss, and sometimes root beer. One flower's fragrance can fill an entire 20x20 foot room.

It is also a rapid multiplier under ideal growing conditions. One of the more drought tolerant fragrant irises, it can survive brief periods of drought, but growth rate and bloom numbers do suffer in such circumstances.

Neutral 1913cat On Feb 11, 2010, 1913cat from Robertsville, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

HIPS has this iris listed as an Intermediate Bearded Iris.


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

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Durham, Maine
Gardiner, Maine
Kansas City, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Concord, North Carolina
Celina, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Georgetown, Texas

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