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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Starship Enterprise'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Starship Enterprise
Hybridized by Schreiner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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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:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Bright Yellow
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)


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):
Honorable Mention
Award of Merit

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral figaro52 On Aug 19, 2013, figaro52 from Oak Lawn, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Beautiful, but in my experience this beauty is only skin deep. This iris is not a strong grower here.

Positive 9kittymom On May 13, 2008, 9kittymom from Bartlesville, OK (Zone 6a) wrote:

One of the most beautiful iris I have seen. Seems to glow from within!

Neutral Joan On Mar 19, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2001; Award of Merit 2003

Positive ADKSpirit On Nov 28, 2005, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

William Shatner would be impressed, everything about Starship Enterprise is "big, really big." The buds and the flowers are huge, and they keep coming.


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

Houston, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)
Bakersfield, California
San Jose, California
Monroe, Connecticut
Evansville, Indiana
Macy, Indiana
Burlington, Iowa
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Knoxville, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Hagerstown, Maryland
Preston, Maryland
Blanchard, Michigan
Brunswick, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Shepherd, Montana
Las Vegas, Nevada
Lake Placid, New York
Coshocton, Ohio
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Albany, Oregon
Grants Pass, Oregon
Salem, Oregon (3 reports)
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Hendersonville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Portsmouth, Virginia
Stuarts Draft, Virginia
Anacortes, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
Tomah, Wisconsin

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