Tall Bearded Iris 'Fiery Temper'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Fiery Temper
Hybridized by Keppel
Registered or introduced: 2000
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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:

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:

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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

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


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

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


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.