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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Impersonator'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Impersonator
Hybridized by Babson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1974

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3 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)
Flat Flower Form/Standards Absent

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

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


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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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive druth On Jun 3, 2010, druth from Albuquerque, NM wrote:

I have several plantings of Impersonator and in my experience it is a vigorous variety but the picture shown on this site is of a definitely lavendar flower and my plantings have beautiful true sky blue flowers that are much larger than most iris being 7 to 8 inches across and sometimes even more. I LOVE it.

Neutral Joan On Jul 30, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

This Tall Bearded Iris is missing the standards, giving it the appearance of a Japanese Iris. The beard is white.

Positive marwill On Jun 2, 2003, marwill from Toronto, ON (Zone 6a) wrote:

This REALLY IS a tall bearded iris. It's name says it all! It impersonates a Japanese iris. I have not grown this iris, but photographed it at a display garden.


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

Tupelo, Mississippi
Kansas City, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Portsmouth, Virginia

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