Intermediate Bearded Iris 'Gypsy Queen'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Gypsy Queen
Hybridized by Salter
Registered or introduced: 1859
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Intermediate Bearded (IB)


18-24 in. (45-60 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:


Maroon (Purple-Brown)

White/Near White


Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

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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)

Allow cut surface to callous over before planting

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):

Unknown - Tell us

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

Chadwick, Illinois

Oak Lawn, Illinois

Hagerstown, Maryland

Roslindale, Massachusetts

Deer River, Minnesota

Robertsville, Missouri

Newfoundland, New Jersey

Concord, North Carolina

Belfield, North Dakota

Coshocton, Ohio

Grants Pass, Oregon

Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 26, 2013, jaxxon99 from Penticton
Canada wrote:

A beautiful exotic looking old iris but you must be very careful about ID'ing this iris as there is a fake Gypsy Queen circulated.
The way you can tell the difference is the fake is highly colored and rosy looking in the standards whereas the real Gypsy Queen has more sombre coloring and the standards are an old gold without rosiness.
The falls only show a reddish tone when sunlight is shining directly through them, otherwise the veins look almost black.


On Apr 5, 2006, avmoran from Pylesville, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

This petite historic is a wonderful addition to any garden. Blooms and increases rapidly giving a wonderful display


On Jun 14, 2005, Elizabethtown from Hagerstown, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

This dainty historic is queen of all she surveys. Her beauty hasn't dimmed in the more than 100 years she's been around. Stripes on the falls are another gorgeous plus.