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IRIS 'Autumn Bugler'

Image of Iris 'Autumn Bugler'

Jesse Saylor



Botanical Name

IRIS 'Autumn Bugler'

Plant Common Name

Autumn Bugler Iris, Tall Bearded Iris

Special Notice

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General Description

Vivid, but subtle bicolored flowers of blue-violet and plum-violet occur on the Autumn Bugler bearded iris in early to mid-spring. This selection also reblooms again in very early autumn before fall frosts force this perennial into its annual winter dormancy. 'Autumn Bugler' was a hybrid created by Frank Jones and released in 1986.

The distinctively shaped flowers of bearded iris appear on tall, strong stems emerging from fans of light blue-green, sword-shaped foliage. The stems branch and carry numerous plump flower buds. Each blossom comprises three upright petals called “standards”, and three drooping tepals, (petal-like sepals), referred to as “falls.” Fuzzy yellow pads called “beards” are located at the white-streaked base or shoulder of the falls, and give this popular garden perennial its common name. The standards are blue-violet on 'Autumn Bugler' and the falls are much more violet. These sweetly musk-fragranced blooms are pollinated by bees and make striking cut flowers, with each blossom lasting one to three days before shriveling up.

Bearded irises are tough, adaptable perennials which prosper in full sun to light shade and fertile, well-drained soils. Plant them with the tops of their slowly spreading, fleshy rhizomes exposed to the air. In hot summer climates, dappled shade in the afternoon is recommended. After three to five years, lift and divide the rhizomes and replant in late summer if the plants become too large or crowded. These rewarding, long-lived irises deserve a prominent spot in the mixed flower border or foundation bed.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-28" / 45.7cm - 71.1cm

  • Width

    16"-24" / 40.6cm - 61.0cm

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Flower Color

    White, Yellow, Blue, Purple, Orange, Pink, Rose, Coral, Peach, Burgundy, Lavender, Plum, Orange Red, Dark Salmon, Bronze, Chocolate, Black

  • Flower Color Modifier


  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Green, Blue Green

  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Flower Petal Number


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Foliage Texture


  • Foliage Sheen


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing