Tall Bearded Iris 'Zandria'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Zandria
Hybridized by Nebeker
Registered or introduced: 1995
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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

Bloom Color:


Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)



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:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Monroe, Connecticut

Robertsville, Missouri

Shepherd, Montana

Coshocton, Ohio

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Greeneville, Tennessee

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Salt Lake City, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 1, 2009, Mainecoon from Shepherd, MT wrote:

The Zandria I got was a very small rhizome that took 2 years to bloom and it had only one flower, the following year it had many flowers, I must say in comparing to some of my other irises, this iris is slower in spreading but it blooms every year, where some of my faster growers do not. I used Triple Phos in fall and again in spring before bloom and the color is more intense, a very beautiful flower.
My only problem with this iris has been with deer


On Mar 19, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've grown this one for several years now, and it's a slower growing iris for me here in Southwest Arizona. Needs a lot of attention to keep it going. Steady but slow. Lovely coloring on this iris!


On Dec 17, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Awards: American Iris Society Honorable Mention '98, Award of Merit '00


On Jun 3, 2005, MikenMyrtle from Myrtle Beach, SC wrote:

I had read on another listserv that Zandria was a difficult grower. I did not find this to be the case at all. The nursery sent me two rhizomes (saying that they were both smallish--though they were reasonably good size). Both plants bloomed this, the first, year--one plant put up three separate stalks, the only one of my first year irises to do this. Between the two plants, there were about 25-30 beautiful flowers. The standards are a clear, uniform pink. Beautiful contrast!

Zandria was the last iris to bloom in my Zone 8 garden.