Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc. Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

Iris germanica 'Before the Storm'

Iris, Bearded

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  • Regarded as one of the darkest purple-black irises available today
  • Flowers are uniform in color with widely flared falls
  • Slight sweet fragrance
  • Excellent growth habit
  • Blooms in early summer


37 in


12-18 in

Hardiness Zone:

3 - 10

Iris, Bearded Growing and Maintenance Tips

Tall Bearded Irises will produce the most flowers if they receive a full day of sun, but will also perform reasonably well with a half day of sun. The most critical growing factor is the moisture level of the soil and drainage. Bearded Irises will absolutely not tolerate "wet feet" (too much water will cause the rhizomes to rot) and require very well-drained soil at all times of the year. They will grow in any good garden soil as long as this drainage is provided

Iris germanica 'Before the Storm' Characteristics


  • Salt Tolerant
  • Dried Flower
  • Specimen
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Border
  • Mass Plant
  • Cut Flower / or Foliage

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Bees

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average