Tall Bearded Iris 'Navajo Jewel'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Navajo Jewel
Hybridized by Weiler
Registered or introduced: 1983
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Tall Bearded (TB)


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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Dark Blue

Bloom Time:

Early (E)

Early midseason (EM)

Midseason (M)

Late Midseason (MLa)



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

Award of Merit

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

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:


Tucson, Arizona

Burlingame, California

Yosemite Lakes, California

Iowa City, Iowa

Hebron, Kentucky

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Concord, North Carolina

Lawton, Oklahoma

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 14, 2016, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

The bloom of this Iris is so beautiful! I would find myself just standing and staring at it for long periods of time. It is a light blue. No purple tint that I could see. In the early morning light, for me the blooms are so light, they appear white. The blooms were huge. The form was as gorgeous as the flower. Of course that is an "in the eye of the beholder" point of view. It reminded me a lot of Sky and Sun but with lighter beards and a lighter blue bloom color.


On Jun 10, 2010, Chere from Oakhurst, CA wrote:

Last year (2009) Navajo Jewel bloomed when it was hotter and did not have any blue color at all. It looked like a white iris. I thought they had sent me the wrong iris. I was very disappointed, but this year it bloomed when it was cooler here and it had a very light blue hue to it. This was the reason I bought it. I was very please and so was my husband.


On Aug 18, 2008, puresparkle from Burlingame, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

In my San Fran Bay Area garden, Navajo Jewel's bloom color is such a delicate, pale blue (not turquoise) that it's silvery; in certain light, appears almost white. Multiplies well. In '08, re-bloomed in August.


On Nov 30, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1986; Award of Merit 1990