Irises forum→Black Iris ID

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Washington, D.C. (Zone 7a)
May 12, 2020 8:42 AM CST
Hello! This is my first post and first time here. I was wondering if anyone could help me identify this particular iris I have in my yard. It's a beauty and I'd love to know what it's called. Thanks in advance!

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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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May 12, 2020 11:38 AM CST
Ania ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum! Hurray!

Maybe someone here can help you out. There are many dark and near black irises.
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Name: Kim
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May 12, 2020 11:42 AM CST
Maybe Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Midnight Oil')

Or is that too black?
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May 12, 2020 12:24 PM CST
Post more details: when bloom compared to others, height of blossom, purple basal foliage, size of blossom, etc. All will give clues to help id your beauty. But as Evelyn said-there are many black ones.
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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May 12, 2020 12:48 PM CST
Welcome Ania from another new member!
There are many blacks and near blacks. Yours has nice purple-black beards and purple spathes (papery sheath around base of bud). This fits "Before the Storm" a popular black. But there are likely many others that have these characteristics, too.
Sorry, I don't know how to post a picture from the database, yet--there are many pix there of BtS.
This is from my garden:
Before the Storm:

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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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May 12, 2020 1:58 PM CST
welcome, ania. do you remember the vendor, or the year it might have been purchased, as well? these all give clues.

you might do a search on nga's data base under tall bearded, and limit the search by color, 'black'. this will give you a place to start. as you will soon see how many there are, and without more clues. it's quite a daunting task. it would be great to have one or two to choose from, but the numbers are many!

good luck in your search.
Washington, D.C. (Zone 7a)
May 13, 2020 7:00 PM CST
Thanks for all the replies, everyone!! Wow, I didn't realize just how many black iris there are out there. Unfortunately I have no details as to the vendor or when they were purchased. I was lucky enough to have them already in the garden when we bought the house. I have two other varieties of iris that also came with the house (neither of which I know the names of Sad though one is very similar to something called a 'maroon damask'), but these black ones bloomed a week or so later than those (they're still blooming now, I live in DC.) The blooms seem to be about 6", though I'm not entirely sure if I'm measuring them correctly. 'Before the Storm' seems like a good possibility, thanks for the lead lauriemorningglory! I will scour the database to see if I am able to pick out any other characteristics. Thanks again to all for welcoming this iris noob!
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May 13, 2020 10:29 PM CST
I wonder if it could be: maybe Coal Seams looks to new Shrug! .
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Name: Greg Hodgkinson
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May 14, 2020 6:11 AM CST
Welcome. When we talk about a measurement, we mean how tall the bloom stalk is (from base to top of bloom). Width of flower is not usually a big factor.

When did you buy the house? How many of the "Before the Storm" do you have? This is how you can start a way of narrowing the field for the correct name.

As an example: The last mentioned possible ID was "Coal Seams". Let's look at "Coal Seams" vs "Before The Storm".

Coal Seams
41" tall (average)
Purple tint

Before The Storm
36" Tall
Red tint

Coal Seams has only been on the market for a short 7 seasons. Let us know how the search is going. Former Maryland gardener and current "old" Maryland gardener.

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