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Tall Bearded Iris 'Navajo Blue'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Navajo Blue
Hybridized by Niswonger
Registered or introduced: 2001
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Tall Bearded (TB)


36-48 in. (90-120 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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Medium Blue

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:

Macy, Indiana

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 25, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2005


On Mar 4, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

NAVAJO BLUE: (O. D. Niswonger, R. 2001). Sdlg. 20-96. TB 38" (97 cm) M. "Light blue, F. with darker blue around hafts, hint of turquoise; beards pale blue base and at end, gold hair tips and gold in throat. 34-94: (Charm City Choice x Timescape) X Just Magic., Cape Iris 2001." I'm glad to see such a beautiful iris from the Midwest (Cape Iris Gardens, MO)! Mr. Niswonger is also the originator of many great irises, including the Dykes Metal Winner 'Everything Plus'; 'Brown Lasso' Dykes Metal 1981; a great orange 'Tennessee Vol', and 'Apricot Frosty' Knowlton Metal 2000. This one grows very rapid here; making a large 18" clump in just two years! Great color; hardy and very nice!


On Oct 4, 2004, zacattack from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Gorgeous coloring, and beautifully formed flowers. A very nice mid-season bloomer, but fell far short of it's AIS registration 38" height. A slow grower and sporadic bloomer in my garden, but definately a keeper !!!