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Tall Bearded Iris 'Impersonator'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Impersonator
Hybridized by Babson
Registered or introduced: 1974
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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:

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:

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

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:

Tupelo, Mississippi

Kansas City, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Portsmouth, Virginia

Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.