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PlantFiles: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris
Iris 'Cat's Eye'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cat's Eye
Hybridized by Black; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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17 members have or want this plant for trade.

Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)

12-18 in. (30-45 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
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Midseason (M)


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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
Walther Cup
Cook- Douglas Medal (SDB)

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3 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive KSBaptisia On May 9, 2009, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Fast increasing, striking little iris.

Neutral Mainer On Jan 27, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Besides being beautiful it is proving to be vigorous, fertile and a long bloom time in my zone.

Positive ADKSpirit On May 27, 2008, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

This little plant survived well it's first winter, and is now blooming it's first blossoms. So far it's produced 3 stems & at least 6 blossoms. Great little plant.

Positive TBGDN On May 2, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am amazed at the rapid growth and increase rate since the day I planted this SDB in July of 2005. The astonishing part is the number of bloom stalks (5), and four flowers opening at the same time today. This all happened in spite of severe rains, thunderstorms and very high winds overnight. Colors are outstanding!

Neutral Joan On Mar 26, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2004; Walther Cup 2004; Award of Merit 2006; Cook Douglas Medal 2008


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

, (2 reports)
Bentonville, Arkansas
Sebastopol, California
Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Boise, Idaho
Macy, Indiana
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Durham, Maine
South Paris, Maine
Attleboro, Massachusetts
Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Chelsea, Michigan
Deer River, Minnesota
Brunswick, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Harlowton, Montana
Beatrice, Nebraska
Corrales, New Mexico
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Lake Placid, New York
Coshocton, Ohio
Lawton, Oklahoma
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Wakefield, Rhode Island
Greeneville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Harker Heights, Texas
Pleasant Grove, Utah
Vancouver, Washington

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