Tall Bearded Iris 'War Chief'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: War Chief
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1992
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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:

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:

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

Concord, North Carolina

Lawton, Oklahoma

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Hixson, Tennessee

Midland, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.