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Tall Bearded Iris 'Starship Enterprise'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Starship Enterprise
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 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:

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:


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

Bridger, Montana

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!


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

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


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.