Tall Bearded Iris 'Drama Queen'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Drama Queen
Hybridized by Keppel
Registered or introduced: 2004
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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)

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:

Maroon (Purple-Brown)


Bloom Time:

Early midseason (EM)



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

John C. Wister Memorial Medal (TB)

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:

Phoenix, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Cotati, California

Derby, Kansas

Robertsville, Missouri

South Sioux City, Nebraska

Las Vegas, Nevada

Salem, New Jersey

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Cazenovia, New York

New York City, New York

Lawton, Oklahoma

Grants Pass, Oregon

Greeneville, Tennessee

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 2, 2016, eolivas103 from Las Cruces, NM (Zone 8a) wrote:

The bloom is much more beautiful then the pictures I had seen. The burgundy and gold are perfect color combinations.


On Nov 22, 2014, mrDunn from New York City, NY wrote:

LOVE THE FLOWER; HATE THE NAME! I started a tiny garden around an oak tree here on 21st street @ 8th avenue in NYC. I planted the well-named 'Fall Fiesta' and 'Medici Prince' this fall, and can't wait for them to bloom next spring (I hope). 'Drama Queen', though, is a terrible name for this iris. (Sorry Mr. Keppel) For me, an appositely named flower is a big part of its charm. (see: 19th c. French Roses) Many irises have bad names (see: Schreiner's) and I refuse to call 'DQ' this, which obviously needs a masculine moniker. I might call/label it 'The Bishop' or some kind of 'Mr. ____' name, once I figure out after whom to name it! What a superbly serious and gorgeous inflorescence it has.....I should love to see it blooming next to tulipa 'Queen of the Night' and rosa 'Souvenir du Docteu... read more


On Mar 25, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2005; Award of Merit 2007; John C. Wister Memorial Medal 2009