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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Rare Treat'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Rare Treat
Hybridized by Schreiner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1987

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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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)


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):
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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hinshawbaker On May 2, 2011, hinshawbaker from Liberty, NC wrote:

This has got to be one of the most beautiful Iris's I have ever seen. I bought it as a young plant...and it has been in the ground for between 3 & 4 yrs now. It has done nothing but increase in size and beauty every year! Originally plant was 1-2 the 'clump' is nearly 4ft across! I'm sure I'll have to divide it sooner or later...but it's doing so well I hate to disturb it. Really increases fast. Have done nothing special to raise this plant what so ever. Clay soil ammended with peat moss.

Positive jnn On Apr 28, 2007, jnn from Chapel Hill, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Georgious Iris. Very stunning.

Positive Margiempv On Dec 5, 2003, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Grows very well. Stunning year after year!


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

Happy Jack, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Arbuckle, California
Yorba Linda, California
Gainesville, Georgia
Twin Falls, Idaho
Cherryvale, Kansas
Lexington, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
South China, Maine
Blanchard, Michigan
Gladwin, Michigan
Richland, Michigan
Jackson, Mississippi
Robertsville, Missouri
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Liberty, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Greenwich, Ohio
Salem, Oregon (2 reports)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Friedensburg, Pennsylvania
Elloree, South Carolina
Loris, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Rosalia, Washington
Spokane, Washington

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