Photo: © Jelitto
Iris chrysographes, Black flowered
If it's black we'll grow it, particularly when a plant is as stunning as this.
A small, beardless Siberian Iris native to the Sichuan region of China which was first collected by botanist Ernest Wilson in 1908.
A gorgeous plant that needs a soil that does not dry out in summer. It thrives when planted by stream sides, shallow bog gardens or a regularly watered planter.
Being smaller than many Iris it needs a location where the flowers can be seen in their fullest glory and don't become overshadowed by larger plants.
The narrow, grey-green leaves emerge in spring followed by velvety, blackish-purple flowers that are flecked with gold in early summer. After flowering, these stems can be cut down as they do look a bit ragged.
As with all iris these will benefit from lifting and dividing every two to three years.
Poorly-drained, water's edge
Full sun, partial shade