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Black flowered Iris

Iris chrysographes black-flowered
black iris

Planted 06.19 Vistabile bowl beside pond

Bought 06.19 Gardener' World Live 2019 £7.00

Other common names
black iris


Iris may be rhizomatous or bulbous perennials, with narrow leaves and erect stems bearing flowers with 3 large spreading or pendent fall petals, alternating with 3 erect, often smaller, standard petals, in late winter, spring or early summer

I. chrysographes black-flowered is a rhizomatous perennial with narrow, grey-green leaves and very deep blackish-violet flowers in early summer with fine yellow veining on the falls


Foliage : Deciduous

Habit: Bushy

Toxicity: All parts may cause severe discomfort if ingested

Hardiness: H6

Colour: black flower in Spring

Sunlight: Full Sun / Partial Shade

Aspect: South-facing or West-facing or East-facing

Exposure: Exposed or Sheltered

Soil: Loam pH: Acid, Neutral

Moisture: Poorly-drained, Moist but well-drained

Size : Ultimate height .. 0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread ... 0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years

How to grow

Grow in well-drained, neutral to slightly acid loam in full sun or partial shade. Mulch in spring

Propagate by division from midsummer to early autumn, plant immediately in flowering positions

Suggested planting locations and garden types
Flower borders and beds City & Courtyard Gardens Coastal Cottage & Informal Garden

How to care

Remove any dying foliage in autumn, old flower stems can be cut down after flowering. Tall varieties can have their leaf fans trimmed to one third of the total height to reduce wind rock while the plants are establishing

Slugs and snails may be a problem, sawflies can damage the leaves

May be affected by aphid borne virus diseases, bacterial soft rot and grey moulds


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