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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Dauntless'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Dauntless
Hybridized by Connell; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1929

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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:
Magenta (Pink-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

Awards (if applicable):
Dykes Memorial Medal

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Mar 23, 2015, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Got these in a trade and they bloomed the very first year. I am thrilled as few bearded iris have done well in my garden.

Positive themikesmom On Nov 27, 2013, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

'Dauntless' [(Cardinal) x (Rose Madder)] TB-M-34" Scapes American Dykes Medal 1929 and Award of Merit R.H.S 1938. Recieved this one in 2010 from Sheri at Blue-J iris. It has purple based foliage (pbf)) and very lovely white veining on the falls near the beard which distinguishes it from several other historic burgundy reds. It glows transcluscent at sunset, and needs to be in a clump, and planted with some light pinks and lavender purples, to truely be appreciated.
Dauntless was created by Clarence Phillips Connell of Nashville, Tennessee. He was Supervisor of Parks in Eastern Tennessee and Nashville, and Later became Superintendant of Vanderbuilt University Hospital, also in Nashville. He worked on some joint projects with Dr. James H. Kirkland also of Nashville,Tennessee, who created Dykes medal winner 'Copper Lustre', and 'Junaluska', and Clint McDade a Daylily Hybridizer from Chattanooga. Connell also worked on some iris with T. A. Williams,of Brentwood, TN, who is the Grandfather of the owners of still operating Iris City Gardens,and his friend Wentworth Caldwell, the creator of one the very first true blue tall bearded Irises 'Tishomingo' 1941; T.A. Washington and Mrs. Elizabeth Stahlman Joint creators of the Important Iris and 1936 Dykes Medal winner 'Mary Geddes' also of Nashville, and collaborated with famous Arkansas Hybridizer Walter Vestal and Sons, of Little Rock. Connell created more than 325 daylilies, experimenting with many dark reds and blacks, and created some of the very best spiders and unusual forms of his time, still holding up today against many modern daylilies.
If you love 'Dauntless', and are interested in learning about Connell's irises, All of the 'Connell' irises are now in Plantfiles here at Dave's Garden, and All of the 'Kirkland' Irises, Washington-Stahlman and William's Irises' with Bloomtimes! are now here at PlantFiles on Daves Garden as well! do a 'Specific Search' by hybridizer. You wont find such a great list and info of these hybridizers currently at any other websites, only DG!.

Positive TexasDollie On Mar 24, 2013, TexasDollie from Windcrest, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

My neighbor brought me a ton of these last year from a lot he was clearing off. Blooms stood at least three feet, huge clumps growing w/ no care in dry sand, covered in leafy mulch, and gorgeous. I trimmed and planted them right away, and this year they have bloomed like crazy. Wonderfully fragrant, lovely cut flowers for the house.

Neutral 1913cat On Feb 9, 2010, 1913cat from Robertsville, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

DM 1929

Positive caitlinsgarden On Jun 13, 2009, caitlinsgarden from McGregor, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

This one is a survivor that was here 35+ years ago when I move in. It has PBF - delicate purple coloration at the bottom of the stalk.

Neutral Elizabethtown On Jun 21, 2005, Elizabethtown from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

Standards are described as being a purpleflushed magenta and the falls a velvety dark purple/wine with white hafts and an orange tipt beard.

Dykes Medalist.


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

Alabaster, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Mc Gregor, Iowa
Wichita, Kansas
Durham, Maine
Hagerstown, Maryland
Deer River, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Robertsville, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Harlowton, Montana
Nineveh, New York
Concord, North Carolina
Coshocton, Ohio
Enid, Oklahoma
Greeneville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Von Ormy, Texas

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