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Before The Storm Bearded Iris

Iris germanica 'Before The Storm'
SKU: HC017699
per Bare Root Plant
No longer available this season.
Before The Storm Fragrant Bearded Iris (Iris germanica) arrives in mid-spring with great drama and flair. Its sophisticated ruffled black petals earn its status as a multiple awarding-winning, highly prized Iris. Prolific, sweetly fragrant blooms will draw pollinators and have neighbors lined up for viewing. Add contrast to monochromatic plantings, or a bold accent to colorful garden beds. Grow extra for elegant cut flowers.
key features
Botanical Name
Iris germanica 'Before The Storm'
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Cut Flowers, Fragrant
Soil Moisture
Waterwise, Average
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Mature Height
37" tall
Bloom Time
Late spring


(35-39" tall x 12-24" wide) 'Before The Storm' Fragrant Bearded Iris is often called “the darkest of the dark” for good reason. Its almost pure black flowers are tinted with bronze-purple, like a ravens wing. Sweetly fragrant, it is a profuse bloomer with up to 12 buds per stem, giving it a long blooming period. Awards include the Dykes Medal (1996), the top award for all classes of Iris, and the Award of Merit. At a height of 35-39" tall, its potential is unlimited. Plant 'Before The Storm' in the back of a perennial bed to create a dramatic backdrop, or plant as a focal point near an entrance or outdoor living space. Elegant with ornamental grasses and colorful perennials alike. Plant it in a full sun location in enriched garden soil with good drainage. Plant in groups of three for best effect, 12-24" apart. Keep soil moist as the plant establishes, thereafter this is a drought-tolerant, easy-to-grow perennial. Cut flowers lasting 3-7 days; for best results, harvest when buds have fully emerged and are showing color. A pollinator favorite, its deer and rabbit resistant too. 
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