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Black Lipstick Bearded Iris

Iris germanica 'Black Lipstick'
SKU: HC018106
per Bare Root Plant
No longer available this season.
Take a walk on the dark side with Iris germanica ‘Black Lipstick’ (Bearded Iris). A dramatic, multi-award winner, ‘Black Lipstick’ will flower with the darkest of purple standards held by ruffled black falls. Dark blue beards add mystery. Flowering in the early-to-mid-summer garden, it provides a head-turning contrast to the traditional soft colors or spring. Stunning in waterwise gardens, it is low-maintenance, deer resistant, and beautiful in cut flower arrangements too.
key features
Botanical Name
Iris germanica 'Black Lipstick'
Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Easy To Grow, Naturalizes, Cut Flowers, Fragrant
Growing Zones
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Soil Moisture
Mature Height
35" tall
Bloom Time
Early to Mid Summer


Iris germanica ‘Black Lipstick’ (Bearded Iris) offers a dramatic, nearly-black bloom for a standout garden. Easy to grow, plant them in a sunny spot with good drainage, in groups of three or more for best interest. Keep the top of the rhizomes exposed or even with the top of the soil. Once established, Bearded Irises are drought-tolerant, deer resistant, and rabbit resistant, and will spread and multiply when happy. Once flowers have faded, this versatile plant’s eye-catching vertical foliage will continue to enhance the perennial garden. Plant with ornamental grasses and other water-thrifty, late spring bloomers such as Allium and Oriental Poppies. Lavender, Gaillardia, Echinacea, and Salvia will benefit from the striking foliage as a backdrop. ‘Black Lipstick’ Bearded Iris received an American Iris Society Honorable Mention in 2018 and an Award of Merit in 2021.
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