Tall Bearded Iris 'Zebra'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Zebra
Additional cultivar information:(aka Pallida Variegata, Pallida Argentea Variegata)
Hybridized by Harrison
Registered or introduced: 1937
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Tall Bearded (TB)


24-36 in. (60-90 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:

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):

Unknown - Tell us

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:

, (2 reports)

Boise, Idaho

Hanson, Kentucky

Harlowton, Montana

Shepherd, Montana

Denville, New Jersey

Enid, Oklahoma

Tenmile, Oregon

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Rapid City, South Dakota

Greeneville, Tennessee

Midland, Texas

Ogden, Utah

Sterling, Virginia

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 8, 2015, outdoorlover from Enid, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This plant will also grow in part sun; its foliage brightens up dark parts of the garden even without flowering.


On Jun 3, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

reasons to grow this plant:
1. foliage. Evergreen in Seattle, and the bluegreen and white striped spiky foliage is strikingly beautiful.
2. flowers smell like grape juice.

I have it is a mostly sunny, dry spot, good soil, sporadic water, prominent corner of the bed where it can be admired.


On Jan 21, 2005, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

The Zebra iris.................AKA: PALLIDA VARIEGATA

Update on May 19th, 2008: The ZEBRA iris - aka officially named by the AIS as - PALLIDA VARIEGATA. This one has yellow-edged leaves whereas another Pallida's variegata has white-edged leaves and is lighter blue in color. PALLIDA VARIEGATA was first known to exist back in 1896.

It has been called and referred to by many other names: One of them being "Pallida aurea variegata" (with small letters). In 1930 - this particular iris "pallida aurea variegata" was shown and compared, and then realized it was the same AAA-138 classification - - thus being the 'one and the same' iris as PALLIDA VARIEGATA.

According to the AIS 1939 registration checklist (where "pallida aurea variegata" can also be f... read more