Tall Bearded Iris are the giants of the late spring border, available in a rainbow of colours that blend to suit every colour scheme. Plants form a clump of green sword-shaped leaves, bearing upright stems with very large blooms. This selection has very large, deep velvety, purple-black flowers with slightly darker falls. Won both the Dykes (1999) and the Wister medals (1998). The Dykes Medal is the Nobel prize of the Iris world, given annually to just one Tall Bearded Iris. Choose a sunny position, with a well-drained, loamy soil. Bearded Iris are heavy feeders, so plan to fertilize in early spring, and again in late summer. Plants should be divided every 3 to 4 years, in August. Be on the watch for Iris borer. CAUTION: Harmful if eaten.