Tall Bearded Iris 'Classic Bordeaux'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Classic Bordeaux
Hybridized by Ernst
Registered or introduced: 1996
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 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

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (red-purple)

Scarlet (dark red)

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

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 is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Happy Jack, Arizona

Santa Rosa, California

Blanchard, Michigan

Clawson, Michigan

Salem, New Jersey

Lawton, Oklahoma

Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 30, 2010, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

An acceptable grower, not the best, not the worst in the yard but a nice red color out of the maroon purple side of the spectrum. Tall stalks display the flowers well and my neighbors, who don't know that there is no true red iris, refer to it as "that red one". They comment on it every year so this proves its eye catching quality.


On Jun 6, 2008, mypetalpatch from Cloverdale, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

An incredibly deep, very rich, red cherry/burgundy color - not at all brassy or brown. Its texture resembles a combination of heavy satin and velvet. Beautifully ruffled form with large flowers, great stalks, and loads of blooms so you can enjoy them for a long time. This iris is gorgeous - it caught my eye in a huge field of irises and pulled me over (weird, but I had the distinct feeling of wishing to just remain there in its presence - so I'll make a seat next to where mine grows). I admit to having avoided the solid (self) reds as a class as they seemed so imposing for such a self-reflective flower as the iris, but as I marked up my catalogues with notes and visited growers, somewhere in the process of finding all the "other" colors and patterns, I fell deeply for two beauties: this an... read more


On Mar 14, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Tall bearded iris "Classic Bordeaux" won AIS Honorary Mention in 1999. It's a tall iris - almost 40".