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Bearded Iris Hello Darkness

Almost Black Bearded Iris Hello Darkness, Iris germanica, Bearded Iris or German Iris

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Looking for drama? Hello Darkness’ huge, near-black blooms are a true show-stopper in the early spring garden and are absolutely stunning paired with a white variety. (Iris germanica)

Zones 3 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 37" tall, Plant rhizomes 12-24 inches apart
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
Size Bareroot Plant
SKU 40IRIS

Plant Information

Hello Darkness’ deep-purple/black blooms are some of the closest one will find to black in the garden and each stem will produce a multitude of buds.

Growing Bearded Irises These majestic flowers are surprisingly easy to grow, and actually require less attention than almost any other garden flowers. Your iris roots will arrive with the foliage "trimmed" from this spring's growth. You'll find the "root" is not really a bulb, but what is called a "rhizome"--an irregularly shaped bulbous root that grows at a right angle from the foliage. Leave the trimmed foliage as it is, and simply bury the rhizome with the top of it showing through the soil surface. Bearded irises grow best with the tops of their rhizomes exposed.

Next spring, new foliage and the flower spikes will sprout strongly from the rhizome. What's more, next summer, you'll notice the rhizome multiplying for even more flowers as years go by.

SKU 40IRIS
Common Name Bearded Iris or German Iris
Botanical Name Iris germanica
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Almost Black
Mature Height 37" tall
Estimated Mature Spread Plant rhizomes 12-24 inches apart
Bloom Time Early to mid spring
Planting Depth Iris should be planted so the tops of the rhizomes are exposed and the roots are spread out facing downwards in the soil. Make sure not to plant the rhizomes too deep.
Ships As Bulb, Rhizome, Tuber
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Clay Soil
Soil Moisture Average, Well Draining
Advantages Deer Resistant, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Multiple Blooms / Harvest
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Pros

  • Good Quality Roots

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Iris Bed

Comments about American Meadows Bearded Iris Hello Darkness:

These roots were very good quality. They were a gift for my friend next door; she was very excited. She's been wanting a dark Iris.

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USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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