Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris

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This vibrant and vivid Iris is a true rock star. The Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris (Iris germanica 'Red Hot Chili') will treat you to a wave of yellow/speckled burgundy-purple blossoms then an encore of reblooms that are more dazzling than the best pyrotechnics! Are you ready to hop on the rollercoaster of love with this red-hot winner?

The Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris explodes with a bright display of maroons and yellows. This may not be actually red in color, rather it's red-hot! This beauty features yellow falls rimmed with deep burgundy-purple edges and speckles along its ruffles. And its falls are more exciting than any punk-rock mohawk. They stand straight up and offer burgundy frills with yellow streaks, and these blooms have bright yellow beards.

These fantastic flowers show up just in time for spring to begin and just as the alluring blooms fade, the Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris re-enters the stage for another show of its brightly hued blossoms!

At about half the size of your average Tall Bearded Iris, this perennial allows gardeners who are short on space to partake in the concert of colors and excitement that this Iris offers! Growing just 1-2 feet in height and width, these smaller powerhouses show off big time! Throughout USDA planting zones 3 to 8, these hardy rhizomes are politely spreading perennials!

Planting and Application:

The Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris grows stiff and attractive foliage that looks grassy and glorious when not in bloom. That means these perennials can be used long after both sets of blooms have faded, becoming unique edging, backdrops, structural texture, and facer plants.

Plant your Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris below your mailbox to give your postal carrier a springtime show of fantastic flowers. Or make a statement with a row of Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris along your driveway or beside your patio. This striking iris will also do wonders for a woodland garden or Cottage garden.

While this Iris doesn't smell as sweet as other varieties, it does enchant winged neighbors. Pollinators and Hummingbirds enjoy stopping by the Red Hot Chili for a snack. But deer and rabbits prefer other plants and leave this one alone! Plant in drifts and large groupings so all can enjoy, while still bringing in armloads of blooms for bouquets!

Wonderfully sized for gardeners who do not have room in the garden can plant these space-saving perennials in a container or terra cotta pot! Every porch and patio becomes a stage with these showy perennials as both the feature planting with some spillers around the edge or as a vibrant pop of color and vertical texture when combined in a mixed planter!

  • Vibrant Yellow & Maroon-Purple Speckles & Coloration
  • Reblooming & Dwarf Bearded Iris
  • Vertical Clumps of Green Sword-Like Foliage
  • Attracts Pollinators & Gorgeous Cut Flowers
  • Containers, Beds & Borders, Backdrops, Mass Plantings & Specimens
  • Award Winning German Iris Variety

#ProPlantTips for Care:

For best results, plant your Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris in well-drained soil in full or partial sun. It does best in low or moderate-moisture soil of varying soil types. This low-maintenance Iris likes to be watered well while rooting, but once established the fleshy rhizomes are drought-tolerant. Cover the roots with a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch to hold moisture in the soil better and insulate the rhizomes.

Information About Bare Root Iris

Bare root Iris are shipped as nice fresh-cut divisions with two to three fans of green tops. Keep in mind each Iris variety can have slightly different-sized roots. Container plants are well-grown in the nursery for several years in their container to establish a strong root system.

When planting Iris, which are best planted in early to mid-fall, ensure 1/3rd of the rhizome is exposed to sunlight with the roots buried underneath. Note, that it's best to cover the rhizome with a thin layer of mulch or leaves to protect it during the coldest months but make sure to uncover them in the spring.

  • Easy to Grow - Full Sun & Afternoon Shade Locations
  • Well-Drained Enriched Soil
  • Moderate Moisture Needs
  • Deadhead After Flowers Fade & Prune Back in Late Autumn
  • Deer, Rabbits & Squirrels Seldom Eat These Plants

A true rock star! The Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris earned several awards for its easy-to-grow nature and stunning coloration. If you're looking for a rock star in the Iris world, buy a ticket to the Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris show. Don't miss your chance to dazzle and impress your neighbors! Order one for yourself today with the help of

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

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Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Red Hot Chili Tall Bearded Iris Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Iris germanica 'Red Hot Chili'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 1 - 2 feet
Mature Spread 1 - 2 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Bold Yellow & Deep Burgundy Speckled Yellow Falls
Foliage Perennial
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Autumn