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Tall Bearded Iris 'Spiced Custard'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Spiced Custard
Hybridized by Weiler
Registered or introduced: 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:


Pale Yellow


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

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 (2 reports)

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Oskaloosa, Kansas

Barbourville, Kentucky

South China, Maine

Lake Placid, New York

Bixby, Oklahoma

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Midland, Texas

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 31, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

I bought Iris Spiced Custard as one of those dead-looking, dried out rhizomes in a big box store. It looked interesting and I like a challenge. It did not bloom the next spring, but did grow through the summer and this year it bloomed nicely. Spiced Custard is more compact than some Tall Bearded Irises - a plus in my small garden. Plus the stems didn't fall over in the rain. It's an unusual color combination, looks better in person than in photos. I like this iris. It looks like increase is somewhat slow - also good in my small garden, and I won't have to divide as quickly as some of the others.


On Dec 16, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '89


On Nov 27, 2005, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

Spiced Custard was the first iris to bloom in my garden this year. First bud appeared about June 8 or 9, and full bloom on the 12th. This is another of the shorter TB iris, and is best placed toward the front of the bed.


On Dec 27, 2003, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Increases quickly. Dependable bloomer.