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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Fiery Temper'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Fiery Temper
Hybridized by Keppel; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2000

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15 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 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)
Dark Purple/Black

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:

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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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive disterheft On Apr 13, 2011, disterheft from Columbia, SC wrote:

I grow this iris in a spot where it doesn't get full all-day sun because it would probably fade. It's a real eye-catcher, a show-stopper, profuse bloomer, and dramatic addition to the iris patch.

Positive pajaritomt On May 24, 2009, pajaritomt from Los Alamos, NM (Zone 5a) wrote:

Fiery Temper is not only dramatically beautiful and a major eye catcher in the garden and in shows, it is a fantastically good grower. It didn't bloom the first year for me, but the second year, it bloomed with a huge number of bloom stalks and lots more fans than bloom stalks. I recommend this iris to anyone who can grow tall bearded.

Positive MikenMyrtle On May 26, 2006, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

Really a beautiful flower. The falls appear virtually black. Very pretty!

Neutral Joan On Aug 30, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2003; Award of Merit 2005

Positive Margiempv On Dec 6, 2004, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

This iris tends to be a lighter shade here in Arizona - due to the environmental factors - like where we live in relation to the sun, etc.

It is beauty of an iris. I simply love the colors.


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

Tucson, Arizona
Vail, Arizona
Sebastopol, California
Gainesville, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Anacoco, Louisiana
Robertsville, Missouri
Shepherd, Montana
Omaha, Nebraska
South Sioux City, Nebraska
Salem, New Jersey
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Grants Pass, Oregon
Columbia, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Greeneville, Tennessee
Readyville, Tennessee
Arlington, Texas
Galax, Virginia

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