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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Habit'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Habit
Hybridized by Black; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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11 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 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
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

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

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive caitlinsgarden On May 21, 2010, caitlinsgarden from McGregor, IA (Zone 4b) wrote:

Strong stems, large flowers, lush ultra black violet velvet falls, lovely fragrance, altogether pleasing.

Positive Homefire On Sep 1, 2007, Homefire from Portsmouth, VA wrote:

34" M
Everyone (and I really mean everyone) who comes to my garden when Habit is blooming gravitate straight to this iris, even though there may be 200 other varieties blooming at the same time.
Although it does not grow very tall, it makes a beautiful clump. It is easy to grow and always has lots of bloom stalks. Highly recommended

Neutral Joan On Sep 23, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2001; Award of Merit 2004


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

Gainesville, Georgia
Mc Gregor, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Anacoco, Louisiana
Ventress, Louisiana
Preston, Maryland
Saint Louis, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Harlowton, Montana
Beatrice, Nebraska
Lawton, Oklahoma
Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Greeneville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Portsmouth, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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