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PlantFiles: Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris
Iris 'Smell the Roses'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Smell the Roses
Hybridized by Byers; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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:
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 grannys_garden 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.

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

Awards: Honorable Mention 1990; Award of Merit 1994

Positive Mainer 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.


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

Perryville, Arkansas
Durham, Maine
Blanchard, Michigan
Brunswick, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Cut Bank, Montana
Shepherd, Montana

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