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Nov 3, 2019 2:51 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
I have been trying to decide between Black Magic Woman and Sharp Dressed Man. Both are Wister Medal winners. SDM is a bit taller and may bloom a bit later, but otherwise they are very similar. For those of you who grow both of them, which do you prefer?



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Nov 3, 2019 4:51 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I need to go find my BMW. Well, the iris, but I really wish I had a BMW (vehicle). Hilarious!
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Nov 3, 2019 7:18 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Birds Region: Kentucky Clematis Daylilies Irises Region: United States of America
I have both but have only seen SDM bloom. BMW has purple based foliage so it is easy to identify from surrounding irises. Both are pretty but I think my SDM is more magenta-ish than that on top. It has not been a particularly good grower for me. It has not increased much. BMW is in its second year. The fans are quite healthy and strong.
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Nov 3, 2019 7:37 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Thanks for the input, Janielouy.

Barbara, I'd like a BMW, too. Hilarious!
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Nov 3, 2019 10:14 PM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
iciris said:I need to go find my BMW. Well, the iris, but I really wish I had a BMW (vehicle). Hilarious!


Yeah, me too! Hilarious! Hilarious! Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing nodding
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Nov 3, 2019 10:30 PM CST
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Garden Ideas: Master Level
I am often influenced by the name - but both of these resonate with me. Hmmm.
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Nov 4, 2019 1:51 PM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Black Magic Woman blooms earlier then Sharp Dressed Man. If you have both then you have that similar bloom for a long time. Smiling
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Nov 4, 2019 2:29 PM CST
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
Irises Region: Ukraine
Thanks, Tom!
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