Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'What Again'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: What Again
Hybridized by Ensminger
Registered or introduced: 1990
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Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)


6-12 in. (15-30 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

Sun to Partial Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Pale Yellow


Bloom Time:

Late Midseason (MLa)

Reblooming (Re)



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:

Unknown - Tell us

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):

Honorable Mention

Award of Merit

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:


Sebastopol, California

Montrose, Colorado

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

Gardiner, Maine

South China, Maine

Hagerstown, Maryland

Belleville, Michigan

Deer River, Minnesota

Columbia, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Harlowton, Montana

Shepherd, Montana

Lincoln, Nebraska

Auburn, New Hampshire

Coshocton, Ohio

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Doylestown, Pennsylvania

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Portsmouth, Virginia

Vancouver, Washington

Augusta, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 3, 2016, DirtyGirl_in_Z3 from Beaumont, AB,
Canada wrote:

Saved this plant from a throw away pile at a nursery. Divided it from the pot which was already in bad shape. This is it's 4th year and I finally got a bit of a show from them this spring, but only in a full sun spot. They are slowly spreading so for a "free" plant that was close to dead they did ok I guess. They are more of a pale purple with yellow falls than "wisteria blue" and apricot falls as advertised...They are the fist thing to bloom in my yard so they have that going for them. I have yet to see them re-bloom.


On Jun 23, 2010, Claudine from Montrose, CO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Each year I have to divide this little iris. Vigorous grower - doesn't seem to mind unusual spring weather. Each year it puts on a great show early.


On Dec 20, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '93, Award of Merit '96


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

This one has bloomed several times each year before frost. April, June-July, September and tries again in November but fails due to frost.