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Tall Bearded Iris 'Romantic Evening'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Romantic Evening
Hybridized by Ghio
Registered or introduced: 1994
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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:


Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Gainesville, Georgia

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

East Tawas, Michigan

Cut Bank, Montana

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Lawton, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Salem, Oregon

Greeneville, Tennessee

Readyville, Tennessee

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 17, 2006, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have been growing Romantic Evening for at least 2 whole seasons. It does not multiply much, but it produces one lovely flower in spring and another in summer. It is the only reblooming iris I have, but it has been quite reliable, so far. I didn't expect reblooming but I did expect that it would multiply. Other varieties of iris do well in the same spot.


On Mar 14, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

A most wonderful - beautiful iris. It has been used by many hybridizers because of it's many fine qualities. Recommended. No garden should be without this one.


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

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '98, Award of Merit '00