Miniature Tall Bearded Iris 'Bumblebee Deelite'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Bumblebee Deelite
Hybridized by Norrick
Registered or introduced: 1985
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Miniature Tall Bearded (MTB)


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 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:

Pale Yellow

Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)



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

Williamson-White Medal (MTB)

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

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

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round

Suitable for growing in containers


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

, (2 reports)

Boise, Idaho

Machesney Park, Illinois

Muncie, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Durham, Maine

Onekama, Michigan

Chaska, Minnesota

Tupelo, Mississippi (2 reports)

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Auburn, New Hampshire

Kingston, New York

Coshocton, Ohio

Lawton, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Charlottesville, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 6, 2016, Nanthawat from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This plant multiplies FAST!
I got it as a 1 gal. plant 2 years ago and now it filled up a 3 sq ft. location.


On May 29, 2013, pegster57 from Charlottesville, VA wrote:

This was my first MTB. Bumblebee Delight grows exceptionally well for me in hot, humid central Va, zone 7a. It is free of disease, rot (even in wet years) and it's cheery blooms just keep on coming. I couldn't recommend it more highly. I have it in full sun next to the deck where it gets a little bit of shade from the deck. It is in continually moist soil, thanks to its proximity to the rain barrel. None of my tall beardeds did well in this spot, but this little guy is an energizer bunny!


On Aug 31, 2012, eukofios from Vancouver, WA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Bumblebee Delite is a cute iris. It did well for me in a container, and also in the ground. Bumblebee Delite multiples quickly in my garden. It increased from one plant to an area about 3 feet in diameter, densely packed, in about 6 years. This year I divided it, gave away a bunch of rhizomes, replanted some, and had extras that I planted in a fence-row, to see how they do in a naturalizing situation.


On Jan 27, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Proving hardy in my zone and mixes with almost anything.


On Dec 18, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '88, Williamson-White Medal '93