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Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Smell the Roses'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Smell the Roses
Hybridized by Byers
Registered or introduced: 1987
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Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 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:


Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)

Reblooming (Re)



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:

Flowers are fragrant

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:

Perryville, Arkansas

Iowa City, Iowa

Durham, Maine

Blanchard, Michigan

Brunswick, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Cut Bank, Montana

Shepherd, Montana

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 13, 2013, grannys_garden from Perryville, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:

This iris is shorter than the average SDB. It has multiple blooms and is a lovely light purple color. It does not increase aggressively but is reliable for bloom and re-bloom. A lovely little iris.


On May 16, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1990; Award of Merit 1994


On May 15, 2007, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Smell The Roses(Monty Byers,Registered 1987,) Sdlg. C12-100. SDB. 13"(33cm) E-L &Re. Medium violet blue,blended deeper rosy violet at hafts, much lighter small violet area around beard; medium violet blue beard lightly tipped frosty powder blue; pronounced sweet fragrance. Parents: Third Charm x Baby Blessed., Introduced Moonshine Gardens 1988. HM 1990,AM 1994.

Caught a bee in this one. First year bloom.