Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Cat's Eye'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Cat's Eye
Hybridized by Black
Registered or introduced: 2002
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Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)


12-18 in. (30-45 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

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:


Scarlet (Dark Red)

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:


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

Walther Cup

Cook- Douglas Medal (SDB)

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:

, (2 reports)

Bentonville, Arkansas

Sebastopol, California

Old Saybrook, Connecticut

Boise, Idaho

Macy, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Durham, Maine

South Paris, Maine

Attleboro, Massachusetts

Chelmsford, Massachusetts

Chelsea, Michigan

Deer River, Minnesota

Brunswick, Missouri

Robertsville, Missouri

Saint Louis, Missouri

Harlowton, Montana

Beatrice, Nebraska

Corrales, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Los Alamos, New Mexico

Lake Placid, New York

High Point, North Carolina

Coshocton, Ohio

Lawton, Oklahoma

Norristown, Pennsylvania

Wakefield, Rhode Island

Greeneville, Tennessee

Readyville, Tennessee

Harker Heights, Texas

Pleasant Grove, Utah

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 19, 2016, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

Planted last summer. Dug up and damaged twice by the dog who was looking for a cool mud bed, this little guy amazed me by blooming this spring. And the color of the bloom with those blue beards is so attractive


On May 9, 2009, KSBaptisia from Beatrice, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Fast increasing, striking little iris.


On Jan 27, 2009, Mainer from Durham, ME (Zone 3a) wrote:

Besides being beautiful it is proving to be vigorous, fertile and a long bloom time in my zone.


On May 27, 2008, ADKSpirit from Lake Placid, NY (Zone 4a) wrote:

This little plant survived well it's first winter, and is now blooming it's first blossoms. So far it's produced 3 stems & at least 6 blossoms. Great little plant.


On May 2, 2006, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I am amazed at the rapid growth and increase rate since the day I planted this SDB in July of 2005. The astonishing part is the number of bloom stalks (5), and four flowers opening at the same time today. This all happened in spite of severe rains, thunderstorms and very high winds overnight. Colors are outstanding!


On Mar 26, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2004; Walther Cup 2004; Award of Merit 2006; Cook Douglas Medal 2008