Irises forum: Looking for a true black and blue Iris or two tone blue

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Name: Peggy
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hazeleyes
May 20, 2015 5:29 AM CST
I have been looking for one that matches the catalog
Both brecks and Schreiner have Matt McNames and both seem to add more blue to their "blue iris" pictures.
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I look up people growing them and have unfiltered pictures and they are purple.
or is their camera picing up the color wrong?

I just want a blue iris either dark dark blue falls and lighter blue standered
or blue falls with lighter blue standard.
I know the black is just a very dark blue/purple


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Zazinnia
May 20, 2015 6:18 AM CST
Glad you asked because I am wondering the same thing. Can't wait to see the responses.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
May 20, 2015 7:01 AM CST

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There are many irises in that pattern (they are called neglectas), but getting one with truly black falls and truly blue standards isn't easy. The closest I have seen, in commercially available irises at least, are probably Wicked Good and Dangerous Mood





The closest I've ever seen is this seedling
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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
May 20, 2015 7:15 AM CST
That seedling is BEAUTIFUL! Who's is it and how do I get it??

Hazeleyes..you sure don't ask for much do you? I am fixin' to owe you my soul and the closest I can come is:
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Proud Tradition

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or this oldie Lindberg (absolutely captivating looking out at it from across the garden!)


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Name: Susan
Keenesburg, Colorado (Zone 5a)
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MileHighGardner
May 20, 2015 7:20 AM CST
Here's a pic from my garden of Dangerous Mood:
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Name: Lori Morrow
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enidcandles
May 20, 2015 7:21 AM CST
Ohhh, I like that one too!!
Name: Peggy
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hazeleyes
May 20, 2015 7:36 AM CST
I was looking for a planting guide to send with some irises I am sending someone and found this picture.
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/97/f9/2d/97f92dac9...
another
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/63683782201040210/
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DaveinPA
May 20, 2015 8:18 AM CST
FWIW: Be careful where you order. A lot of mail order places dealing with lots of plants do not have true varieties mailed out; often the depend on growers elsewhere to send them. So what you want is not necessarily what you will get. Stick to known growers/sellers such as Schreiner or others in the vendor list on this forum.
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Snork
May 20, 2015 9:18 AM CST
Still a bit on the lavender side instead of a true blue, but this also comes close.

Twist of Fate

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Name: Lori Morrow
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enidcandles
May 20, 2015 9:23 AM CST
That does not look like Best Bet at all to me. I don't have it any more (I killed it too) but here it is when I did.
It was grown in a very shady spot, the top is usually lighter.

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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
May 20, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Twist of Fate is awesome too!

Kent, I can't keep my mind off that seedling dang it! Drooling Drooling Drooling
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grannysgarden
May 20, 2015 9:33 AM CST
I was disappointed in my Matt McNames. This is the first year I have grown it and it was not as blue as depicted in vendors photos.


This was my first year with Dangerous Mood and it did not bloom. I hope it is more blue than MM. I have learned to buy from reputable vendors and to go to the iris wiki site and read the actual description of the iris. Most irises described as blue in catalogs are described as almost blue on the wiki site........ eye opener that.
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Name: Peggy
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hazeleyes
May 20, 2015 9:54 AM CST
hazeleyes said:I was looking for a planting guide to send with some irises I am sending someone and found this picture.
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/97/f9/2d/97f92dac9...
another
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/63683782201040210/
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the owner of the picture says it is "Best Bet" purchased through White Flower Farm.looks more purple the ones on here compaired to hers.
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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
May 20, 2015 10:08 AM CST
@Hazeleyes did you see the pic I posted above? That may be Best Bet but the picture has been altered. It is not that blue! Not, not, not, never, never, never. She lies, lies, lies. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Peggy
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hazeleyes
May 20, 2015 10:16 AM CST
enidcandles said:@Hazeleyes did you see the pic I posted above? That may be Best Bet but the picture has been altered. It is not that blue! Not, not, not, never, never, never. She lies, lies, lies. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing


or she got the wrong one,she is not selling them.I do love that color though.I will see if she has any more pictures from this year. shhh let me hope....
But if hers is blue then that would be great.I did check white flower farm and the one they show is


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Name: Lori Morrow
Enid, OK (Zone 6b)
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enidcandles
May 20, 2015 11:39 AM CST
Yep, that would be it. It is one of those that depends on soil conditions, light and so forth. Different conditions, different hues. Of course, most of them are affected that way so....
Name: Ken
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bramedog
May 20, 2015 12:01 PM CST
Matt McNames is hard to capture its true color with my camera, wants to make it more blue than it is.
Low light, and I forget what settings...pretty close
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General setting...really blue
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Using a flash and looking up at it...darn close


But yeah....it's a purple/black bitone, with big beautiful blooms.
Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
May 20, 2015 10:35 PM CST
This one has intrigued me.. 'Habit'

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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
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KentPfeiffer
May 20, 2015 10:44 PM CST

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Habit is a very nice iris. It doesn't have blue standards, though. They are more in the lavender to violet range.

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