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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Black Suited'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Suited
Hybridized by Innerst; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1999

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Tall Bearded (TB)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Midseason (MLa)


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Awards (if applicable):
Honorable Mention

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Homefire On Aug 30, 2007, Homefire from Portsmouth, VA wrote:

36" ML
One of the best blacks I grow. I have yet to see a black that does not have either blue, purple, or red undertones, in reply to the previous comment.

Positive TBGDN On May 27, 2007, TBGDN from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I have long been attracted to 'black' irises beginning way back with Superstition, and then collecting others over the years. My black collection now includes Before The Storm, Midnight Oil, Anvil Of Darkness, Hello Darkness and Obsidian. Last year (2005) I added 'Black Suited' and planted two rhizomes. It sent up three stems, and opened buds on all three June 1, 2006. My initial reaction was surprise at the strong growth and bloom habits, not to mention the intense 'black' hue even in sunlight. This is arguably the blackest iris yet that I have grown. And, I am pleased with its strong growth and healthy foliage. Even with our locally wet, humid, rainy weather (2006) season it has grown and bloomed well. I must, as a serious iris collector, take exception with the 'official' description below: The beards are NOT black, but rather a dark navy blue!! I don't think I'm going color blind; and I also see a burgundy violet color surrounding the beards! As usual whenever a new cultivar blooms here, I like to check the details of the 'OFICIAL' description against what 'I SEE' blooming in the garden.

Neutral Joan On Mar 23, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2003


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bakersfield, California
Macy, Indiana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraska
Thackerville, Oklahoma
Salem, Oregon
Portsmouth, Virginia
Winchester, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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