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Hybridizer: Keith Keppel
Year Of Registration: 2009
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 2010
Seedling Number: 04-133C
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 36 inches (91 cm)
Bloom Season: Mid
Flower Form: Bubble Ruffled
Laced
Bloom Color Classification: Silver/Grey
Flower Patterns: Blend
Bloom Color Description: Pale pinkish grey white standards; pinkish lavender grey white falls heavily overlaid heliotrope grey to lobelia violet, fine lining and texture veining
Beard Color: Light shrimp pink, light blue at end
Style Arm Color: Pale pinkish grey-white, lavender lip
Awards: Honorable Mention: 2012
Award of Merit: 2014
John C. Wister Medal: 2016
Dykes Memorial Medal: 2018

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 N48-X: (Royal Sterling x Keppel 99-42Y: (Last Laugh x 95-49B: (Electrique x Romantic Evening))) X Blyth N213: (Hello It's Me x Reckless in Denim)
Child plants: 117 child plants

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Common names
  • Tall Bearded Iris
  • Iris

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Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, California
Date: 2016-04-29
Haunted Heart (Keppel '10)
Location: Russia, Krasnodarskij Kraj
Date: 2018-05-15
Uploaded by Betja
Location: Greenhouse grown in a pot, photographed in the garden.
Date: May 18, 2019
Location: my garden, Puget Sound area, WA
Date: 2019-05-17
in the rain and wind
Location: Philo, California
Date: 2015-05-08
Location: Philo, California
Date: 2015-05-08
Location: Home garden
Date: 2018-05-03
Location: Russia, Krasnodarskij Kraj
Date: 2018-05-15
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2014-05-20
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2014-05-14
Uploaded by Dachsylady86
Location: Michigan-my garden
Date: June 10, 2017

Date: 2015-06-16
Location: Zone 6
Date: May 26
Location: Bochnia, Poland
Date: 2015-06-03
Uploaded by Cuzz4short
Location: My garden, Watkins Glen, NY
Date: May 2022 
In the light of the rising sun
Location: Russia, Krasnodarskij Kraj
Location: My garden, Watkins Glen, NY
Date: 5-23-23
Location: Iowa
Date: 2012-05-11
Location: East facing garden zone 6a
Date: May 2019
Indoor picture due to expected weather
Location: shounan Japan
Date: 2019/5/12
Location: Russia, Krasnodar region, Novokubansk
Date: 2021-05-19
Location: My garden near Houghton Lake, MI
Date: 2020-06-18
Location: My Garden
Date: 2023-05-07
Haunted Heart iris
Location: shounan Japan
Date: 2019/5/12
So fantastic!
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
It's amazing how the bloom "greyed" out over night. Such personal
Location: Russia, Krasnodar region, Novokubansk
Date: 2020-05-20

Date: 2020-05-03
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Date: 2023-05-26
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-05-31
Earlier blooms have more color.

Date: 2013-05-28
Location: Philo, California
Date: 2016-05-08
Location: Washington 8b
Date: 2018-05-16
Location: Keith Keppel's garden in Salem, OR
Date: 2011-05-23
Location:  Will Rogers Park 
Date: 2016-04-08
 Haunted heart
Uploaded by tveguy3
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: 2017-04-23
Tall Bearded Iris Haunted Heart
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-06-02
Location: shounan Japan
Date: 2019/5/10
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
I do not alter the color, or saturation, in my photos.
Uploaded by Dachsylady86

Date: 2012-05-23
Uploaded by Dachsylady86
Uploaded by bramedog

Date: 2020-05-05
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-05-31
Location: South Carolina
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2014-05-13
Location: Zone 7 Knoxville
Date: 2017-04-26
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-06-03
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-06-08
Location: My Garden, Essex, UK. 
Date: 2024-05-11

Date: 2021-06-02
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-06-02
What a beauty!
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Location: Nocona,Texas zn.7 My gardens
Date: Spring 2019
A slow grower so far..but WOW, gorgeous!
Location: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Date: 2021-05-19
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2014-05-25
Uploaded by Betja
Uploaded by Betja
Location: Michigan-my garden
Date: June 5, 2017

Date: 2013-05-28

Date: 2012-05-27
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-06-01
First year bloom, in full sun.
Location: My garden
Date: 2019-06-01
First year bloom. In bright sun.
Location: Keith Keppel's garden in Salem, OR
Date: 2013-05-23

Date: 2015-04-25
Uploaded by Rebekah
Location: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Date: 2021-05-20
Location: Taken at a local iris show
Date: 2013-05-04
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2014-05-21
Location: My garden in Bakersfield, CA
Date: April 25, 2012

Photo courtesy of Sutton's Iris Gardens
  • Uploaded by Joy
Location: Radford Virginia
Date: 2020-05-24
FFO on a new plant, 5/24/2020. I am really quite taken with the s
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2014-05-13
Location: Nocona,Texas zn.7 My gardens
Date: April 22, 2020
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-05-24
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Date: 2021-05-22
Behind "Haunted Heart" is Coffee Trader, and Berry Scary

Date: 2021-06-02
Location: Australia
Date: 2022-11-09
Haunted Heart
Location: My garden
Date: 2021-05-22
Close up
Uploaded by Betja
Uploaded by Betja
Uploaded by Betja

Date: 2012-05-23
Location: Pleasant Grove, Utah
Date: 2012-05-23
In my garden

Date: 2015-05-25

Date: 2012-05-31
Location: Catheys Valley CA
Photo courtesy of Superstition Iris Gardens, posted with permissi

Date: 2012-05-23

Date: 2013-05-31
Location: Taken at a local iris show
Date: 2013-05-04

Date: 2013-05-31
Uploaded by Betja
Uploaded by Betja
Uploaded by Betja
Location: Mid-America Gardens, Salem, Oregon
Date: 2016-05-05

Date: 2013-06-02
Location: Willamette Valley Oregon
Date: 2014-05-24
Uploaded by Paul2032

Date: 2012-05-27
Uploaded by Paul2032

Date: 2012-05-23
Location: Keith Keppel's garden in Salem, OR
Date: 2011-05-23
Location: In my garden
Date: 2012-05-24
Location: Tom Bruce's Carolina Daylilies
Date: 2018-04-21
Location: Tom Bruce's Carolina Daylilies
Date: 2018-04-21
Location: Tom Bruce's Carolina Daylilies
Date: 2018-04-21
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Comments:
  • Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Mar 22, 2012 9:56 PM concerning plant:
    One of the most beautiful irises I've ever seen. Never thought I would say that about an iris that is basically grey.
  • Posted by cinvasko (VA - Zone 6b) on May 11, 2023 11:11 AM concerning plant:
    I really liked Haunted Heart, and its subtle colors were ever-changing here. However I've tried it twice in two different locations and it always under-performed for me. Never got remotely close to the listed height, bloomed low, and after two years both plants (planted in different years = different weather conditions and from different vendors) died off.
  • Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Jan 25, 2015 12:58 PM concerning plant:
  • Posted by avmoran (Pylesville, MD Zone 6B) on May 21, 2011 9:05 PM concerning plant:
    First Bloom, 1st Year and it won first place. Had I planted it in the ground and it had the bloom size, it might have won queen. Love it.
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