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
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Parentage: Superstition X Raven's Roost
Child plants: 34 child plants

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Common names
  • Iris
  • Tall Bearded Iris

Photo Gallery
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Date: 2023-05-29
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2011-05-29

Date: 2011-05-24
Location: My garden, Ukraine, Zaporizhzhya region Zone: 6a
Date: 2020-05-17
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: 2023-05-03
TB Iris Before the Storm
Location: Bed D Oregon
Date: 2022-06-04
after the storm:)
Location: Bed D Oregon
Date: 2022-06-04
after the storm:)
Location: Australia
Location: Durham, Arkansas
Date: 2023-05-04
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: 2019-04-27
TB Iris Before The Storm
Location: Bed D Oregon
Date: 2022-06-04
after the storm:)
Location: Nora's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.
Date: 2016-05-24
 10:52 am.  The classical shape of Before the Storm.
Location: Photo by Carol Bacskai; zone 5b, Yorkville, IL
Date: 2020-06-01

Photo 5/21/10
Location: by shed
Date: 20230527
dappled
Location: by shed
Date: 20230527
dappled
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 30, 2015
Overcast: No Sun.
Location: Pleasants Valley Iris Farm, Vacaville CA
Date: Spring
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
Location: Home
Date: 2016-05-16
Location: Western Kentucky
Date: April 2012
Uploaded by pinkiris
Location: Yorkville, IL
Date: 2020-06-03
Location: by shed
Date: 20230527
dappled
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2009-05-28
Location: Cowansville, Quebec, Canada
Date: 2023-06-08
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2011-05-29
Location: Whitesboro, TX
Image courtesy of The Shady Spot Iris. All rights reserved.
Location: Tamberg garden, Berlin, Germany
Date: 2022-05-28
Uploaded by mandolls
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2009-06-17
 7:03 pm.  View from above, of the twisting, protective standard
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
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Date: 2023-05-03
TB Iris Before the Storm
Location: My Gardens
Date: May 30, 2015
Overcast: No Sun.
Location: Tamberg garden, Berlin, Germany
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Philo, California
Date: 2016-05-25
partially open - May 26,2016
Uploaded by Muddymitts
Location: Home
Location: center garden
Date: 2018-05-26
cloudy
Location: center garden
Date: 2018-05-26
cloudy
Location: Ocean Springs, MS
Date: May 6, 2014
Location: Our yard, Hot Springs Village, AR
Date: 2015-04-30
Bud on Before the Storm
Uploaded by huneybunch_2000
Location: Arkansas Zone 8
Location: Holladay, UT
Location: Kansas City, MO
Date: 2016-05-23
Location: center garden
Date: 2018-05-26
cloudy
Uploaded by mandolls

Photo courtesy of Iris City Gardens

Photo courtesy of Blue J Iris Used with permission.
Uploaded by avmoran
Location: My garden in southeast Nebraska
Date: 2010-05-25
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Comments:
  • Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Mar 22, 2012 10:03 AM concerning plant:
    Very nice black iris, well deserving of the Dykes Medal. Good grower and reliable bloomer.

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