Black Bearded Iris

Dark purple standards, black falls and a dark blue beard, this iris has it all. Its glossy, dark appearance elicits a deep, moody vibe that’s striking and sophisticated. Place several stems of Black Lipstick in a vase for a romantic cut-flower arrangement. Marvelously ruffled blooms appear in early-to-mid spring. This easy-to-grow, award winner is dark enough for any Goth maiden. Iris germanica ‘Black Lipstick’
  • Botanical Name:

    Iris germanica ‘Black Lipstick’

  • Form:
    Perennial
  • Sun Exposure:
    Full Sun
  • Height/Habit:
    33 – 35 inches
  • Spread:
    12 – 24 inches
  • Spacing:
    12 – 24 inches
  • Hardiness Zone:
    4-9
  • Flowering Date:
    Early-Mid Season
  • Planting Instructions:
    In clay soil, rhizomes should be slightly exposed. In sandy soil, they can be covered an inch or two. At least 5 hours of sunlight each day. Water during dry periods.
  • Winter Care:
    Mulch in colder climates and remove promptly in early spring.
  • Growth Rate:
    Fast, once established.
  • Flower Color:
    Purple, Black
  • Foliage Type:
    Glaucous-green, sword-like fans of stiff upright leaves.
  • Resistance:
    Deer Resistant
  • Pruning:
    In late fall, cut foliage to 6″ fans. Clean up debris to prevent borers from over wintering. After flowering and in late fall to early winter.
  • Soil Requirement:
    Well-drained. Quite tolerant of a wide range of soils.
  • Watering Requirement:
    Average, avoid overly wet locations.
  • Additional Information:
    Iris benefit from digging up and dividing every 3-4 years. This will help the health of the iris and promote strong blooming.