Tall Bearded Iris 'Rosalie Figge'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosalie Figge
Hybridized by McKnew
Registered or introduced: 1991
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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:


Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

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:


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

New Haven, Connecticut

Blairsville, Georgia

Eastport, Idaho

Sycamore, Illinois

Shawnee Mission, Kansas

Wichita, Kansas

Deer River, Minnesota

Weatherby, Missouri

Billings, Montana

Harlowton, Montana

Omaha, Nebraska

Roswell, New Mexico

Nineveh, New York

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Bedford, Texas

Chillicothe, Texas

Crockett, Texas

Herndon, Virginia

Richmond, Virginia

Stuarts Draft, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jul 16, 2011, scooter4275 from Lockwood, MT wrote:

I once had Rosalie Figgie bloom on Thanksgiving Day here in Billings, Montana. I covered the stalk at night with a styrofoam box covered by a horse blanket and uncovered it during the day until it showed color then brought it inside.


On Jan 22, 2011, rshadlow from Salem, OR (Zone 7b) wrote:

If you could only grow one reblooming tall bearded iris- this would be the one I would recommend you try


On Jan 9, 2011, TXgreenjean from Bedford, TX wrote:

Blooms in spring and then another surprise bloom in December even after several nights of temperatures below freezing.


On Oct 19, 2009, PaintedAcres from Weatherby, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Rosalie Figge is reblooming here at Painted Acres Farm in Zone 5 on Oct 18th. Great rebloomer!


On Dec 27, 2006, plantlady23 from New Haven, CT (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is my first year gardening so i tried to start with "easy" plants. I ordered a great many iris varieties from Schreiners, and could not believe it when after planting several Rosalie Figges in August, all but 2 of about 12 gave me beautiful, intense purple multiple flowers. I love their coloring- the purple shade goes with everything and there is a beautiful delicate white pattern on the petals .The scent is wonderful, if not strong.My Rosalie Figges bloomed here in Conn.even after a light frost in early November, along with a couple of cute little Lo Ho Silvers. It probably helped that Schreiner's sent me such large, healthy plants.


On Mar 18, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Excellent rebloomer! :-)


On Dec 15, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '96, Award of Merit '99