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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Fancy Tales'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Fancy Tales
Hybridized by G. Shoop; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1980

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)


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:
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


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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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral 1913cat On Feb 3, 2010, 1913cat from Robertsville, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Fancy Tales has officially become an Historic iris, my only concern is that it is prone to rot. Hopefully this one does not become extinct. Beautiful cultivar.

Neutral irisloverdee On Apr 13, 2009, irisloverdee from Lebanon, OR wrote:

On the plus side of this iris it is so unique that once you see it you have to have it. I will continue to grow until the last rhizome rots or just dies.

Negetive side, it is the hardness iris I have to increase as slow is not the word and it rots super easy.

I have not gotten it to set pods because most believe it is sterile. Have not gotten to use the pollen because it has not bloomed since I moved it three years ago.

Positive NellPercy On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

This is the most interesting thing and very pretty. Standards are upright and the falls almost flared. Not terribly vigorous. 38" S white; F top half orange, lower half purple; tangerine B Shoop 1980


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

Tucson, Arizona
Gilbertsville, Kentucky
Robertsville, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Greeneville, Tennessee

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