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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'King Tush'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: King Tush
Hybridized by Kasperek; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1997

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)

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:

Bloom Time:
Late (La)


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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:
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):
Honorable Mention

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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative gaited1 On May 13, 2014, gaited1 from Clio, CA (Zone 7a) wrote:

Have planted 2 different times - does not thrive here.

Positive eolivas103 On Dec 29, 2013, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted Fall 2012. Bloomed Spring 2013. Very healthy plant.

Neutral Joan On Dec 12, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '99

Positive Melissa_Ohio On May 23, 2004, Melissa_Ohio from Southwestern, OH (Zone 6b) wrote:

Beautiful Flower, interesting patterns, definitely a must have in the Iris bed!

Positive mountaineer On Dec 18, 2003, mountaineer from Manhattan, KS wrote:

King Tush is has very interesting color pattern iwth the stripes and splashes. I don't believe any 2 are exactly alike.


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

Clio, California
Gainesville, Georgia
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Barbourville, Kentucky
Deer River, Minnesota
Shepherd, Montana
Las Vegas, Nevada
Auburn, New Hampshire
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Lake Placid, New York
Felicity, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Greeneville, Tennessee
Lascassas, Tennessee
Jacksonville, Texas
Portsmouth, Virginia
Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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