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Tall Bearded Iris 'Spartan'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Spartan
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1972
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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:

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

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:

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Ringwood, Illinois

Hebron, Kentucky

Windsor Mill, Maryland

Robertsville, Missouri

Las Vegas, Nevada

Roswell, New Mexico

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania

Readyville, Tennessee

Sherman, Texas

Pullman, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 6, 2012, Dave39 from Mount Wolf, PA wrote:

I have also received the imposter Spartan cultivar, but never the true cultivar until I ordered it directly from the hybridizer, Schreiner's. For a great picture of one of the imposters see:

My imposter's identity is now known: "Caliente." There are also other similar ones that could be imposters as well. Caliente is a much deeper, darker red with 3 tone beard when viewed from the side and yellow on the top. Spartan also has 3 tones to the beard but red on the top.


On Jun 19, 2009, joannacay from McLean, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Hespiris is right that most of the photos and my own plants don't match the description and one of the photos I've seen. So has the original been almost completely replaced by another flower? The one I have is really lovely, beautiful color and sheen and grows well.

Editor's Note

We've recently discovered that there has been an Iris marketed as 'Spartan' when it isn't. It has led to a lot of confusion and nobody has been able to determine what cultivar the imposter really is.

The photos in question have been removed. Once something like this starts, the true cultivar is quickly lost in the confusion. That's what happened with the original 'Caesar Brothers' and now nobody knows for sure if the true cultivar even remains.


On Mar 22, 2009, hespiris from Kingston, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Too many irises sold as Spartan are wrong. I have yet to ever receive the correct cultivor.

Spartan is described as: "Dark red self, clear red haft; beard same."

The beard should essentially be the same color as the petals, and there should not be any other coloration on the haft.

There is a good picture at iris-photo in June, 2000; and at times on Kelways' website.


On Apr 13, 2008, 1913cat from Robertsville, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

HM 1974 AM 1976