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Tall Bearded Iris 'Saturday Night Live'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Saturday Night Live
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1996
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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:

Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:

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

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:

Anchorage, Alaska

New Castle, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware

Gainesville, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Belleville, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania

Greeneville, Tennessee

Roanoke, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 24, 2015, RosinaBloom from Waihi,
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Crimson Fire X Y 682-2: (Thriller sibling x T 449-A: (Master Touch x J 483-4, sibling to pod parent of Spellbreaker) x ((Sailor's Dance x F 142-1) x (G 1517-B x Neptune's Pool) x Royal Regency sibling)


On May 12, 2014, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

I just got this one. It goes well with the others that actually survive up here like Batik and Stairway to Heaven and Fireplace Embers. Glad to see they like North Dakota and Minnesota. A pretty sure sign they will like it here. The ones I got from Schreiners all died, rotted. Not sure what the difference is but they are surely not hardy here.


On May 14, 2012, Dave39 from Mount Wolf, PA wrote:

Grows well even in the mostly clay soil I have with a long blossom time. BUT it was sold to me as Spartan; it is a Spartan imposter but beautiful in its own right!


On Jun 14, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I planted some iris in my corner gardens to provide some color early in the season. This was a great choice, and has bloomed very nicely already in its first year.


On Mar 4, 2007, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: Honorable Mention 1998