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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'War Chief'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: War Chief
Hybridized by Schreiner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1992

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6 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Early midseason (EM)


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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1 positive
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive ArdonG On May 21, 2012, ArdonG from FINKSBURG, MD wrote:

Just planted one this weekend in my Bearded Iris Rainbow - a 75 ft strip containing 25 varieties. Can't wait to see it blooming. My 95 yr old neighbor has a large collection and I am hoping to capture some of the magic that he has.

Neutral Pegwesttx On Apr 18, 2011, Pegwesttx from Midland, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I am disappointed at how fast this flower fades even when I bring it inside in the cool it doesn't last. It comes and goes quickly in the garden. Orelio (similar color) lasts better in a sunnier spot.

Neutral doss On May 10, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Schreiner, 92 Early to Mid season bloom. 37"
Dark red self. Yellow beards. American Iris Society Honorable Mention '95; Award of Merit '99.


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

Phoenix, Arizona
Citrus, California
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas
Finksburg, Maryland
Belleville, Michigan
Tupelo, Mississippi
Robertsville, Missouri
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Elba, New York
Kingston, New York
Lawton, Oklahoma
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Greeneville, Tennessee
Hixson, Tennessee
Midland, Texas

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