Tall Bearded Iris 'Sambuca'


Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Sambuca
Hybridized by L. Johnson
Registered or introduced: 2001
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Tall Bearded (TB)


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:

Midseason (M)



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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).


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

American Iris Society Awards: Honorable Mention 2004


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.