Iris tuberosus
"Black Iris"

Iris tuberosus Hermodactylus Black Iris

Formerly known as Hermodactylus, this unusual & interesting Iris is native to the Mediterranean & valuable for its early bloom time – February & March – before many a Spring garden starts pumping. Held atop 12-18” stems & grassy foliage, alluring 3” flowers display lime green standards & gently curving, almost black, velvety falls. Tolerates clayish soil but will grow rapidly in well-draining soil. When happy, it forms colonies that can be easily divided & shared. Impressive in containers. Reduce water during Summer dormancy!


Sun/Part Shade
Avg. Water (during growth)
Low/No Water (dormancy)

Perennial Bulb
USDA zones 7-10a