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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Huckleberry Fudge'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Huckleberry Fudge
Hybridized by Gibson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1996

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)
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

Awards (if applicable):
Honorable Mention
Award of Merit

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5 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive eolivas103 On Apr 12, 2014, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted 2013. Bloomed Spr 2014. So So beautiful. It was a more Cinnamon Brown the 1st day and by the 2nd day it appeared more Copper Brown. I'll take either color because bottom line, it is still Brown and the bloom is absolutely gorgeous.

Positive joannacay On Jun 19, 2009, joannacay from McLean, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Mine really is brown, and a very nice brown. It goes really well with Ruffled Copper Sunset, both Gibsons and a similar size and pattern in different shades.

Neutral Joan On May 24, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1999; Award of Merit 2002

Positive 1gardengram On Apr 16, 2006, 1gardengram from Fayetteville, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is my first year with this iris and I'm very impressed with its mixture of colors in each flower and their size. It's quite lovely and stands out in the bed.

Positive Margiempv On Mar 29, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Nice iris. Not a fast increaser - but steady. Gorgeous rich coloring.

Positive Elizabethtown On Jun 15, 2005, Elizabethtown from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

It's awesome coloring and beautiful flower but it took 2 full years to bloom for me and then only 1 stalk because it's not increasing very vigorously. However, the bloom is AWESOME with it's ability to look chocolate in one light and berry purple during overcast skies.

Neutral doss On Mar 14, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

'Huckleberry Fudge' is a 37" midseason bloomer. It has been awarded the American Iris Society Honorable Mention '99 and Award of Merit '02.


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

Happy Jack, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Mabelvale, Arkansas
Des Plaines, Illinois
Anacoco, Louisiana
Hagerstown, Maryland
Windsor Mill, Maryland
Robertsville, Missouri
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Fayetteville, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Hugo, Oklahoma
Lawton, Oklahoma
Elloree, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Portsmouth, Virginia

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