Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Black Tie Affair'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Tie Affair
Hybridized by Schreiner
Registered or introduced: 1993
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Class:

Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

Midseason (M)

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

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:

Non-patented

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

Award of Merit

Regional

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

Tucson, Arizona (2 reports)

Cotati, California

Blanchard, Michigan

Clawson, Michigan

Lawton, Oklahoma

Salem, Oregon

Greeneville, Tennessee

Portsmouth, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 13, 2011, sjlfinne from Lawton, OK wrote:

My Black Tie Affair was awarded best black in the LAFOIS Show in Lawton OK. this year. It has grown here for many years, even in drought conditions.

Positive

On Sep 26, 2010, RobertWM from Clawson, MI wrote:

A great grower and bloomer, even in less than a half days sun. I also see that it is in the parentage of many more modern black iris, so a great breeder as well.

Positive

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

36" M
A very nice "black" iris. Good grower and good bloomer

Positive

On Nov 27, 2004, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Good grower!!