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PlantFiles: Tall Bearded Iris
Iris 'Superstition'

Family: Iridaceae (eye-rid-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Iris (EYE-ris) (Info)
Cultivar: Superstition
Hybridized by Schreiner; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1977

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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:
Midseason (M)


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

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
Award of Merit

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12 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral vossner On Apr 30, 2014, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Rating it neutral as it may be a one season wonder in my garden. I planted it in a shady area of my garden as I've read that some zone 9a gardeners have had long term success planting iris germanica in shade. We shall see. Deserves a positive because the color and form are absolutely stunning. I got it about 2 weeks ago and I suspect the only reason it bloomed is b/c it already had a bud.

Positive Sassy_Lass On May 9, 2011, Sassy_Lass from Lawrenceburg, TN wrote:

'Superstition' is dark burgundy, almost black--not dark purple. Most of the photos on DG don't do this beauty justice. This is one of my all time favorites, mainly because of its gorgeous color.

Neutral uallady On Jun 20, 2006, uallady from Des Plaines, IL wrote:

Has anyone else had the problem of rather weak stalks on this iris?? Maybe mine was growing in too shady a place. But compared to the sturdy stalks of Dusky Challenger this one has fallen over quite a bit for me.

Positive Cybrczch On May 19, 2006, Cybrczch from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5b) wrote:

Extremely dark purple, in the right light it looks black, and this year (2006) with the cooler weather right before blooming the falls are nearly black even under fluorescent lights.

Positive Gindee77 On May 17, 2006, Gindee77 from Hampton, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

Great iris, blooms like crazy! It even re-bloomed in my zone 5 garden in November!

Positive lovesdaylilies On Apr 27, 2006, lovesdaylilies from Roopville, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

very nice large flowers. this one is my favorite in my yard! my buds appear black but flowers are the deepest rich purple. mine has multiplied nicely.

Positive Margiempv On Mar 14, 2006, Margiempv from Oro Valley, AZ (Zone 9a) wrote:

Wonderful grower and increaser. A nice deep dark purple with black tints.

Positive Joan On Jun 20, 2005, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Beautiful, almost black blooms. I love this iris, since it's so unique.

Awards: American Iris Society Award of Merit 1981

Positive Mainecoon On May 29, 2005, Mainecoon from Shepherd, MT wrote:

Superstition has been remarkable for me here Zone 4

Positive angelap On May 29, 2005, angelap from Weatherford, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

Alas, I was also expecting a BLACK flower, but I am thrilled with the dark, dark purple. Mine tend to fade out quickly in the Texas sun, but they are still stunning. I have them planted against a background of coreopsis "Sunshine" and the black/purple/golden yellow combination always makes the neighbors stop and look!

Positive rh3708 On Dec 1, 2004, rh3708 from Westmoreland, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

I Love the Deep color of this iris.
It is one of my Favorites and it looks great with Color Tart.

Positive jandjself On Apr 21, 2004, jandjself from Sawyer, OK wrote:

Superstition Iris by Schreiner 1977.

Superstition is a lovely dark purple and grows well in the Oklahoma South East Oklahoma area.
I really wanted a more black by what the photo showed on the package it was a really dark black but it's a really dark purple.

It does take a good two years before any blooms apear. Bought in 2001 and bloomed in 2003.

I have also seen the color as:
Dark Ebony beauty hint of Maroon.
Ebony Standards and Falls w/ dark purple veins and blue-black beards.

Positive NellPercy On Jun 20, 2003, NellPercy from Ponca City, OK wrote:

One of those old reliables that you love to have in your garden. It may be cold weather that has all the "blacks" open so they look black. This and Dusky Challenger were black when they very first opened.

Positive Crimson On Jun 6, 2003, Crimson from Clarksville, TN (Zone 6b) wrote:

Large blooms, impressive dark color just short of black. Blooms well in part shade, 2nd year after planting.


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

Hanceville, Alabama
Happy Jack, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Sherwood, Arkansas
Arbuckle, California
Auburn, California
Coto De Caza, California
Merced, California
Victorville, California
Yosemite Lakes, California
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Glastonbury, Connecticut
Gainesville, Georgia
Roopville, Georgia
Boise, Idaho
Chicago, Illinois
Hampton, Illinois
Morris, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Williamsville, Illinois
Iowa City, Iowa
Oskaloosa, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Crestwood, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Durham, Maine
South China, Maine
Pikesville, Maryland
Sandwich, Massachusetts
Scituate, Massachusetts
Mason, Michigan
Smiths Creek, Michigan
Deer River, Minnesota
Red Wing, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Tupelo, Mississippi
Brunswick, Missouri
Robertsville, Missouri
Harlowton, Montana
Polson, Montana
Shepherd, Montana
Lincoln, Nebraska
Auburn, New Hampshire
Union, New Jersey
Corrales, New Mexico
Los Alamos, New Mexico
Lake Toxaway, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Felicity, Ohio
Lawton, Oklahoma
Ponca City, Oklahoma
Sawyer, Oklahoma
Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Seneca, South Carolina
Celina, Tennessee
Elizabethton, Tennessee
Greeneville, Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
South Fulton, Tennessee
Crockett, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Weatherford, Texas
Stuarts Draft, Virginia
Vancouver, Washington
East Troy, Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin

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