Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Anvil of Darkness') in the Irises Database

Common names:
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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
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Parentage: 2336-3: (By Night x Swazi Princess) X Before the Storm
Child plants: 7 child plants


Photo gallery:
Location: New ZealandDate: 2020-11-16
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Location: My GardensDate: June 4, 2008Multiple Flowers
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Location: Wisconsin zone 5aDate: 2014-06-10
By petruske
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By pinkiris
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Location: My GardensDate: June 4, 2008A Single Bloom
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Photo 5/23/10
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Location: My GardensDate: June 3, 2008A Favorite Dark Iris
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Location: My GardensDate: June 3, 2008In The Garden
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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2016-05-09
By janwax
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Location: my yard
By Bloomers
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By Betja
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By avmoran
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By pinkiris
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By Betja
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Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris Used with permission.
By Calif_Sue
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Location: Mt. Pleasant Iris FarmDate: 2015-05-21
By Mikey
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Photo courtesy of Pleasants Valley Iris Farm
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Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Mar 22, 2012 9:39 AM

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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