Tall Bearded Iris 'Stellar Lights'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Stellar Lights
Hybridized by Aitken
Registered or introduced: 1985
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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)


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:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

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)

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 good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

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:

Houston, Alabama

Phoenix, Arizona

Yosemite Lakes, California

Lutz, Florida

Wichita, Kansas

Anacoco, Louisiana

Ellicott City, Maryland

Preston, Maryland

Florence, Mississippi

Robertsville, Missouri

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Lawton, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Muscoda, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 21, 2011, jxmas from Marble Hill, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I bought this from a Texan supplier and it took 2 years for it to acclimatize to my garden and bloom, but it was worth the wait!! Blooms and increases profusely every year since.


On Jan 21, 2007, greenorchid from Grants Pass, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I lovingly call this iris a weed because it multiplies like crazy wherever I put it in my yard.


On Dec 16, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '88


On Jun 18, 2005, mellielong from Lutz, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I got this as a free bonus gift with another bulb purchase, and it has turned me into an Iris lover. I planted it in the fall, around November, here in Tampa, Fl (zone 9b). It immediately put out the leaves you see in my picture. On June 17th, it finally bloomed. It also has a very sweet smell which surprised me. I did very little other than water it regularly, and occasionally fertilize it. I wasn't sure how well bulbs would do in the extreme heat. However, I've had great success this year and would encourage others not to believe the myth that bulbs don't do well in the deep South.