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Tall Bearded Iris 'Role Model'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Role Model
Hybridized by Denney
Registered or introduced: 1988
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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:

Early (E)

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)



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:

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Blythe, California

Monroe, Connecticut

Eastport, Idaho

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cherryvale, Kansas

Manhattan, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

Anacoco, Louisiana

Alton, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Concord, North Carolina

Lawton, Oklahoma

Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Greeneville, Tennessee

Gainesville, Texas

Plano, Texas

San Saba, Texas

Whitesboro, Texas

Portsmouth, Virginia

Bellevue, Washington

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 27, 2013, themikesmom wrote:

This is the most beautiful true rose pink modern iris I have ever seen. We do mostly historics, but when I saw this I just had to have it. they could have picked a more mystical sounding name for such a beauty, but It is pure magic! We purchased ours on ebay! its becoming harder to find for a modern as it is so desirable.


On Dec 15, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '90, Award of Merit '94