Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: O. D. Niswonger
Year Of Registration: 1986
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1987
Seedling Number: 23-81
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 33 inches (84 cm)
Bloom Season: Mid
Rebloom by Zone: Known To Rebloom Zone 6:-10° to 0°
Flower Form: Ruffled
Bloom Color Classification: Orchid
Flower Patterns: Bicolor
Bloom Color Description: Pale lavender pink standards; light buffy apricot falls
Beard Color: Amber
Fragrance: Sweet
Awards: Honorable Mention: 1989
Award of Merit: 1991

General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Parentage: Blyth H 116-1: ((Magnetic Isle x Rhythm and Blues) x Snowlight) X 7-78: (Coral Strand x Peach Spot)
Child plants: 55 child plants

Common names
  • Iris
  • Tall Bearded Iris

Photo Gallery

Champagne Elegance
Photo by Winklemanmr
Location: Switzerland, in my garden
Date: 2017-08-18
Location: Iowa
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-06-09
Location: Daisydo's garden
Date: 2022-05-16
Champagne Elegance
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2020-06-18
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Champagne Elegance)
Location: Garland (Dallas), TX
Date: 2016-04-12
Photo by mattsmom
Location: Jones OK,
Date: April 2015
Champagne Elegance
Location: My garden in Western Minnesota
Date: Nov 3, 2016 at 1:20pm
Champagne Elegance
Location: Vacaville, CA
Date: 2011-05-04
Photo courtesy of Pleasants Valley Iris Farm,
Location: Garland, TX
Date: 2020-05-01
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2020-06-11
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Champagne Elegance'
Location: Franklin Park, PA
Date: 2017-05-14
Location: Home
Date: 2016-05-15
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2017-06-12
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Champagne Elegance')
Photo by Lbsmitty
Location: Michigan-my garden
Date: May 28, 2017
Mo-town Sister in back
Location: My garden in Western Minnesota
Date: Nov 3, 2016 at 10:40am
Champagne Elegance
Location: Daisydo's garden
Date: 2021-05-11
Location: Schreiner's Gardens near Salem, OR
Date: 2015-05-14
Location: Daisydo's garden
Date: 2021-05-10
Location: San Rafael, CA
Date: 2017-04-18
Location: Daisydo's garden
Date: 2021-05-19
Location: East Tennessee
Date: 2015-4-27
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2015-05-03
Photo by mattsmom
Location: San Rafael, CA
Date: 2017-04-19
Location: Jones OK,
Date: 2014
Champagne Elegance
Location: Schreiner's Garden
Date: 2011-05-20
Photo by MaryDurtschi
Photo by tveguy3
Location: Eagle Bay, New York
Date: 2019-06-29
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Champagne Elegance')
Location: my front yard
Date: 2012-05-04

Date: 2015-05-07
Location: Chino Valley Arizona
Date: 2021-05-07
Location: Belmont garden, full sun
Date: 2013-0527

Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris. Used with permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy
Photo by avmoran
Location: Belmont garden
Date: 2010-0516
Location: Cisco, Tx 
Date: 2020-04-23
Location: Belmont garden
Date: 2010-0516
Location: Belmont garden
Date: 2010-0520
Location: Long Island, NY
Date: 2022-05-27
Location: San Rafael, CA
Date: 2017-04-18
Location: My Garden, Arvada, Colorado
Date: May
Purchased from Iris4U in Denver
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2011-06-04
Location: My garden in zone 5/6 Indiana. 
Date: 5/14

Photo Courtesy of Daylilies by the Pond. Used with Permission.
  • Uploaded by Joy

Date: 2015-05-07
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  • Posted by ldenton9 on Mar 5, 2022 1:40 PM concerning plant:
    Champagne Elegance is always the first tall bearded to bloom in my zone 7 garden. Still a BEAUTIFUL iris even though it's historic.
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