Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Owyhee Desert'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Owyhee Desert
Hybridized by Pinkston
Registered or introduced: 1996
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Class:

Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

Brown/Bronze

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

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

Macy, Indiana

Manhattan, Kansas (2 reports)

Durham, Maine

Robertsville, Missouri

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Lake Placid, New York

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Apr 23, 2015, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

What is there not to like about this Iris!. I live in a desert and can see how it gets it's name...It definitely has a desert theme going on. But also when I look at, I think of Sugar Frosted Flakes. There may be others, but I don't know of any other Irises that are frosted like this. The falls also have red streaks on them. The pictures I had seen of this Iris prior to purchasing were always beautiful and it is as beautiful as the pictures. And unique unique unique!

Neutral

On Dec 14, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '99, Award of Merit '01