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Iris germanica 'Before the Storm'
Common Name: Bearded Iris Family: Iridaceae (The Iris Family)

Iris  germanica 'Before the Storm'
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One of the darkest purple-black irises available today bred from a cross between 'Superstition' and 'Raven's Roost'. Excellent growth habit and light fragrance. Winner of the Dykes Medal in 1996. Divide every two to three years just after blooming. Trim the foliage back to a third and plant the rhizomes at or just below soil level. Photo courtesy of Walters Gardens.

Geogrpahical Origin:
Garden Origin
Native Habitat:
Dry rocky places.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourBlack 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourPurple 
Height2-4'  Bloom TimeEarly Summer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceYes 
Light ExposureSun  Foliage ColourBluish Green 
Soil MoistureAverage Dry  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone3-9  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Geranium phaeum "'Samobor'"
Allium "'Globemaster'"
Heuchera "'Obsidian'"

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