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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Stellar Lights'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Stellar Lights
Hybridized by Aitken; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1985

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2 vendors have this plant for sale.

11 members have or want this plant for trade.

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)

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

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)
Late Midseason (MLa)
Reblooming (Re)


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:
Unknown - Tell us

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):
Unknown - Tell us

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jxmas On May 21, 2011, jxmas from Marble Hill, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought this from a Texan supplier and it took 2 years for it to acclimatize to my garden and bloom, but it was worth the wait!! Blooms and increases profusely every year since.

Positive greenorchid On Jan 21, 2007, greenorchid from Grants Pass, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I lovingly call this iris a weed because it multiplies like crazy wherever I put it in my yard.

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

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '88

Positive mellielong On Jun 18, 2005, mellielong from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I got this as a free bonus gift with another bulb purchase, and it has turned me into an Iris lover. I planted it in the fall, around November, here in Tampa, Fl (zone 9b). It immediately put out the leaves you see in my picture. On June 17th, it finally bloomed. It also has a very sweet smell which surprised me. I did very little other than water it regularly, and occasionally fertilize it. I wasn't sure how well bulbs would do in the extreme heat. However, I've had great success this year and would encourage others not to believe the myth that bulbs don't do well in the deep South.


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

Houston, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Yosemite Lakes, California
Lutz, Florida
Wichita, Kansas
Anacoco, Louisiana
Ellicott City, Maryland
Preston, Maryland
Florence, Mississippi
Robertsville, Missouri
Las Cruces, New Mexico
Lawton, Oklahoma
Grants Pass, Oregon
Muscoda, Wisconsin

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