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PlantFiles: Intermediate Bearded Iris
Iris 'Gypsy Queen'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Gypsy Queen
Hybridized by Salter; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1859

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

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:
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)
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

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jaxxon99 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.

Positive avmoran 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

Positive Elizabethtown 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.


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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