Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Before the Storm') in the Irises Database

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Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Sterling Innerst
Year Of Registration: 1988
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1989
Seedling Number: 2333-10
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 36 inches (91 cm)
Bloom Season: Mid
Flower Form: Tailored
Bloom Color Classification: Black
Flower Patterns: Self
Bloom Color Description: Black
Beard Color: Black, tipped bronze
Fragrance: Slight
Awards: Honorable Mention: 1991
Award of Merit: 1993
John C. Wister Medal: 1995
Dykes Memorial Medal: 1996
President's Cup: 1995

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: Superstition X Raven's Roost
Child plants: 34 child plants

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Photo gallery:
Date: 2011-05-24
By Valery33
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Location: Las Cruces, NMDate: 2019-04-27TB Iris Before The Storm
By GreenIris
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Location: My GardensDate: May 30, 2015Overcast: No Sun.
By TBGDN
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Photo 5/21/10
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2016-05-24 10:52 am.  The classical shape of Before the Storm.
By HemNorth
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By pinkiris
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Location: Yorkville, ILDate: 2020-06-03
By Artsee1
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Location: My GardensDate: May 30, 2015Overcast: No Sun.
By TBGDN
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Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.Date: 2009-06-17 7:03 pm.  View from above, of the twisting, protective standard
By HemNorth
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2016-05-24 10:47 am. In full sun, this Iris opens up its standards to revea
By HemNorth
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Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2016-05-25 10:47 am. After the wind and the rain, a slightly tattered and t
By HemNorth
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Location: Our yard, Hot Springs Village, ARDate: 2015-04-30Bud on Before the Storm
By rocklady
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Location: Philo, CaliforniaDate: 2016-05-25partially open - May 26,2016
By janwax
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Location: center gardenDate: 2018-05-26cloudy
By lharvey16
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Location: center gardenDate: 2018-05-26cloudy
By lharvey16
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Location: Yorkville, ILDate: 2020-06-01
By Artsee1
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By avmoran
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Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris Used with permission.
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Photo courtesy of Iris City Gardens
By eclayne
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Location: Holladay, UT
By Natalie
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Location: center gardenDate: 2018-05-26cloudy
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Comments:
Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Mar 22, 2012 10:03 AM

Very nice black iris, well deserving of the Dykes Medal. Good grower and reliable bloomer.

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