Tall Bearded Iris 'Navajo Jewel'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Navajo Jewel
Hybridized by Weiler
Registered or introduced: 1983
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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:

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Early (E)

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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


Tucson, Arizona

Burlingame, California

Yosemite Lakes, California

Iowa City, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Concord, North Carolina

Lawton, Oklahoma

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 10, 2010, Chere from Oakhurst, CA wrote:

Last year (2009) Navajo Jewel bloomed when it was hotter and did not have any blue color at all. It looked like a white iris. I thought they had sent me the wrong iris. I was very disappointed, but this year it bloomed when it was cooler here and it had a very light blue hue to it. This was the reason I bought it. I was very please and so was my husband.


On Aug 18, 2008, puresparkle from Burlingame, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

In my San Fran Bay Area garden, Navajo Jewel's bloom color is such a delicate, pale blue (not turquoise) that it's silvery; in certain light, appears almost white. Multiplies well. In '08, re-bloomed in August.


On Nov 30, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1986; Award of Merit 1990