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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Sambuca'

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Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Sambuca
Hybridized by L. Johnson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2001

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Class:
Tall Bearded (TB)

Height:
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:
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:
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

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive Adobe_Rose On Jun 18, 2009, Adobe_Rose from Boise, ID (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have had a very hard time getting black iris to grow in my yard. Don't know why. I fianlly bought Sambuca, not expecting much, but it is doing great. Lots of stalk and flowers this year.

Positive joannacay On Jul 15, 2008, joannacay from McLean, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

This is a fabulous black, the best of the blacks in my garden this year. It bloomed for a long time with lots of flowers, in its second year (planted late 2006).

Neutral Joan On Mar 26, 2006, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2004

Neutral doss On Mar 21, 2005, doss from Stanford, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Introduced by Johnson, 01
Mid season bloom 37"
"Dark, blue-black tones overlaid with black violet like a black elderberry extract. Haunting blue-black beards. Ruffled with eight buds on three branches. Superior growth habit."
Cooley's Iris Garden note.

Regional...

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

Boise, Idaho
Hanson, Kentucky
Windsor Mill, Maryland
Robertsville, Missouri
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Greeneville, Tennessee
Harker Heights, Texas
Logan, Utah



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