Iris germanica ‘Hello Darkness’ (Schreiner 1992) – One of the darkest of the German Bearded Iris with jet black falls, dark royal purple standards and a deep purplish-blue beard. The petals are nicely ruffled and have a glossy sheen, producing 6 to 7 buds per stem. ‘Hello Darkness’ is also a 1999 Dykes Medal winner. Grows 37″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Iris germanica ‘Mexican Holiday’ (Schreiner 2004) – A festive iris that lives up to its name with maroon red falls (which are edged in gold) and pure golden standards. It is an early season bloomer with up to 11 flowers per stem. ‘Mexican Holiday’s’ parentage includes ‘Firewater’, ‘Condottiere’, ‘Grecian Skies’ and ‘Glorious Morning’. Grows 36″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Iris germanica ‘Devil’s Lake’ (Schreiner 1999) – The ‘bluest of blues’ in German Bearded Iris with deep navy blue falls, slightly paler standards and a purplish-blue beard. It is a midseason to late bloomer with 7″ wide flowers and 6 to 8 buds per stem. Divide every 3-4 years to maintain vigor, this can be done 4-6 weeks after flowering. Grows 39″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Iris germanica ‘Anaconda Love’ (Kasperek 1998) – The snakeskin textured falls of this spectacular German Bearded Iris are a deep reddish-purple with irregular silvery-white streaks. Add to this the ruffled pink standards (with some purplish bleeding), an orange beard and slight fragrance, and you have a real winner. Grows 24″ high by 12-18″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.
Iris germanica ‘Before the Storm’ (Innerst 1988) – This 1996 Dykes Medal winner is a cross of ‘Superstition’ and ‘Raven’s Roost’. It is reported to be the darkest of the black German Bearded Iris with flaring purplish-black falls and rich purple standards, accented by a bluish-black beard. Slight fragrance. Grows 37″ high by 18″ wide. Hardy to zone 3.