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Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Rustler'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Rustler
Hybridized by Keppel
Registered or introduced: 1987
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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:


Gold (Yellow-Orange)


Bloom Time:

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:

Tucson, Arizona

San Jose, California

Sebastopol, California

Gainesville, Georgia

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Windsor Mill, Maryland

Brunswick, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Lincoln, Nebraska

Coram, New York

Sand Springs, Oklahoma

Greater Sudbury, Ontario

Grants Pass, Oregon

Greeneville, Tennessee

Readyville, Tennessee

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Portsmouth, Virginia

Winchester, Virginia

Kirkland, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 10, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: HM 1990, AM 1992


On Mar 20, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Mid season. 37" Fragrant.
"A bright reddish brown with a golden flow, closer inspection reveals standards with a flush of faded rose. Antique gold edging on falls of henna. Nicely ruffled with a sweet fragrance. The beards are gold, tipped orange. American Iris Society Honorable Mention '90; Award of Merit '92."
Cooley's Iris Garden note.


On Dec 18, 2003, mountaineer from Manhattan, KS wrote:

This one stands from a distance.


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

One of the best iris I grow. Healthy, vigorous, dependable, and gorgeous!