Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Black Suited') in the Irises Database

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Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Sterling Innerst
Year Of Registration: 1999
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 2000
Seedling Number: 4736-1
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 36 inches (91 cm)
Bloom Season: Mid Late
Flower Form: Tailored
Bloom Color Classification: Black
Flower Patterns: Self
Bloom Color Description: Black
Beard Color: Black
Fragrance: Slight
Musky
Awards: Honorable Mention: 2003

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
Fragrant
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Parentage: Before the Storm X Black Tie Affair
Child plants: 4 child plants

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By Sharon on June 29, 2015

I stood on a little knoll and looked around me. It was like nothing I'd ever seen, acres and acres of color spread out like a treasured old patchwork quilt made of random shapes and sizes. It was pieced together with strips of green and shades of brown that gently covered the rolling hills. It was an iris farm and every plant seemed to be blooming in glorious color!

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Location: Russia, Krasnodarskij KrajDate: 2017-05-17
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Location: Russia, Krasnodarskij KrajDate: 2017-05-22
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Location: My GardensDate: June 7, 2014Close Up In Early Morning Sunlight
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Photo 5/23/10
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Location: My GardensDate: May 23, 2010From The Late Hybridizer Sterling Innerst
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Location: My Garden - Delphi, Indiana
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Location: Cisco, Tx Date: 2019-05-08
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Location: My GardensDate: June 1, 2013Photo In Overcast Conditions
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Location: My GardensDate: May 31, 2014Early Morning Shade
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Location: My GardensDate: May 23, 2010Always Welcome
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Location: Russia, Krasnodarskij KrajDate: 2017-05-19
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Location: Cisco, Tx Date: 2019-05-08
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Location: My GardensDate: June 1, 2013In Overcast Conditions
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Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris Used with permission.
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Location: Poilly-Lez-Gien France"Photo courtesy of Cayeux Iris. Used with permission."
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Location: My Garden, Arvada, ColoradoDate: junepurchased at Iris4u in Denver
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Photo courtesy of Pleasants Valley Iris Farm
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Location: schreiner'sDate: 2018-05-23
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Posted by TBGDN (Indiana - Zone 5a) on Sep 15, 2013 8:22 PM

One of the best black irises available! It not only has a great dark color, but also grows, blooms, and increases well in spite of severe winters. It also endures blistering heat and humidity here in the summer months. Definitely a winner!

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Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Mar 22, 2012 10:12 AM

Until recently, I considered this to be the best black TB. It may now be surpassed by more heavily ruffled recent introductions like Black Is Black.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Season 2020 by shizen Nov 25, 2020 3:01 AM 1,675
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Timothy! ......... haven't you learned -- ANYTHING????? by TBMan Dec 14, 2018 10:33 AM 87
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Best Black Iris by bluegrassmom Jun 4, 2020 11:48 AM 35

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