Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Sterling Innerst
Year Of Registration: 1998
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1998
Seedling Number: 3936-10
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 29 inches (75 cm)
Bloom Season: Mid
Flower Form: Tailored
Bloom Color Classification: Black
Flower Patterns: Self
Bloom Color Description: Black
Beard Color: Black
Foliage: Purple Based
Fragrance: Slight
Awards: Honorable Mention: 2000
Award of Merit: 2002
President's Cup: 2001

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
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Parentage: 2336-3: (By Night x Swazi Princess) X Before the Storm
Child plants: 8 child plants

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Common names
  • Iris
  • Tall Bearded Iris

Photo Gallery
Location: New Zealand
Date: 2020-11-16
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Aurora, IL
Date: 2015-05-27

Date: 2005-05-17
Location: Vacaville CA
Date: 2011-05-17
Photo courtesy of Pleasants Valley Iris Farm, www.irisfarmer.com
Photo by pinkiris
Location: My Gardens
Date: June 4, 2008
Multiple Flowers
Location: Wisconsin zone 5a
Date: 2014-06-10
Location: My Gardens
Date: June 4, 2008
A Single Bloom
Location: Philo, California
Date: 2016-05-09
Location: my yard
Location: My Gardens
Date: June 3, 2008
A Favorite Dark Iris
Location: My Gardens
Date: June 3, 2008
In The Garden

Photo 5/23/10
Photo by pinkiris
Photo by pinkiris
Location: Home garden
Date: 2015-04-20

Photo courtesy of Pleasants Valley Iris Farm
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Photo by Betja
Photo by Betja
Photo by avmoran
Location: Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm
Date: 2015-05-21
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2012-05-03

Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris. Used with permission.
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Location: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Date: 2021-05-22
Location: Wichita, Kansas, USA
Date: 2021-05-21
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2010-05-25
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2010-05-25

Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris Used with permission.
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Comments:
  • Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Mar 22, 2012 9:39 AM concerning plant:
    A very nicely colored near-black iris. Like most Innerst TBs, it has a tailored form rather than the heavy ruffles more commonly seen in its contemporaries. This iris seems to be on an every other year bloom cycle in my garden.

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