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IRIS 'Night Flame'
Night Flame Iris, Tall Bearded Iris
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While a true red iris flower remains elusive, the Night Flame bearded iris dazzles with a dark sienna-violet and black bloom. This hybrid herbaceous perennial blooms in mid- to late spring and its foliage dies back each winter. 'Night Flame' was developed by J. Terry Aitken and released in 1992.
The distinctively shaped flowers of bearded iris appear on tall, strong stems emerging from fans of light blue-green, sword-shaped foliage. The stems branch and carry numerous plump flower buds. Each blossom comprises three upright petals called “standards” and three drooping tepals (petal-like sepals), referred to as “falls.” Fuzzy mustard-black pads called “beards” are located at the base or shoulder of the falls. On 'Night Flame', the standards are glossy reddish violet-black while the falls are an ever darker blackish hue. These blooms are pollinated by bees and make striking cut flowers, with each blossom lasting one to three days before shriveling up.
Bearded irises are tough, adaptable perennials which prosper in full sun to light shade and fertile, well-drained soils. Plant them with the tops of their slowly spreading, fleshy rhizomes exposed to the air. In hot summer climates, dappled shade in the afternoon is recommended. After three to five years, lift and divide the rhizomes and replant in late summer if the plants become too large or crowded. These rewarding, long-lived irises deserve a prominent spot in the mixed flower border or foundation bed.
9 - 1
3 - 9
1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
20"-44" / 50.8cm - 111.8cm
18"-26" / 45.7cm - 66.0cm
Spring, Late Spring
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Violet, Sienna, Black
Cutflower, Foundation, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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