Spuria Iris 'Dena's Delight'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Dena's Delight
Hybridized by McCown
Registered or introduced: 1981
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Spuria (SPU)


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


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)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Gold (Yellow-Orange)


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:

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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):

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Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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

Tucson, Arizona

Gardeners' Notes:


On Mar 26, 2009, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I took a photo of this iris in Phoenix, but have seen it grown in the Tucson area, as well as in Catalina (a town just north of Tucson).

Grows very well in southern AZ. It's more yellow w/ purple here than an orangy-yellow w/ purple - as mention in Texas.


On May 28, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Violet-lavender blooms with orangy yellow. A good variety for the Gulf Coast and Houston area.

Information for Spuria growers on the Gulf Coast:
Some care should be taken in choosing a planting site for spurias. Since they don't like to be disturbed, they should be allowed to stay in the same place for quite a few years. Spuria irises range from 3' to 5' in height, so they are usually placed at the back of a border or along a fence. However, because of their tall and tight-clumping nature, they are ideal as vertical accents. Planting depth depends on the type of soil: 1" in heavy gumbo clay soils to 2" in light sandy soils. Be sure there is good drainage and sun. Heavy irrigation in early spring will increase growth and bloom. Cut foliage to the ground when it begins ... read more