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May 5, 2018 11:07 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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What is your favorite black iris? Inquiring minds want to know.
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May 5, 2018 11:19 PM CST
Vancouver, WA
Irises
Chimney Soot
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May 6, 2018 8:14 AM CST
Name: Jerry
New Jersey (Zone 6a)
Hello Darkness. It grows well for me too.
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May 6, 2018 10:17 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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I have grown many so called black irises and so far the darkest one here is Old Black Magic. I am not through growing and comparing them. Smiling
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May 6, 2018 11:30 AM CST
Name: Leon
Indiana (Zone 5a)
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I've grown several over the years, and I still cannot narrow it down to one. In no particular order are:
Black Suited
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Anvil Of Darkness
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Hello Darkness
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May 6, 2018 1:58 PM CST
Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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Here Comes the Night
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Really darker than the photo....
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May 6, 2018 2:08 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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janielouy said:Here Comes the Night
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Really darker than the photo....



Oh, I like this one.
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May 6, 2018 4:34 PM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing said:Teresa,
My blackest iris is "Black Suited" (left). It is one of my favourite blacks along with "Dark Passion" (middle) which is a very dark purple with frills and is scented and "Devil May Care" (right) which has dark purple standards and black falls with a beautiful orange and blue beard.
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Here is a black iris thread from a couple years back...
The thread "Best Black Iris" in Irises forum
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May 8, 2018 5:09 PM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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my vote(s) are for
Raven Girl
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Obsidian
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Black is Black
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May 8, 2018 6:56 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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I purchased Obsidian last fall, but the grower sent me Amas instead Sighing!
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May 8, 2018 9:51 PM CST
Oklahoma (Zone 7a)
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I'm waiting for my first black Iris to bloom!...and I see color peaking! I think I also purchased Raven Girl, though, I'll have to double check my book.

Originally wanted to really focus on finding the truest blues though I think I am just as enamored with these dark beauties they are all so stunningly elegant.

Timothy I really like your Black is Black, color and form!
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May 17, 2018 1:02 AM CST
Name: Rj
Just S of the twin cities of M (Zone 4b)
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Saw this one at the garden center today, it really caught my eye. Think it is Black Storm, I will check. Not much of an Iris person, but this was really spectacular.
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May 17, 2018 3:44 AM CST
Name: Charlotte
Salt Lake City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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I'm waiting for this year's bloom before deciding. Last year I was merely determining if they all looked black and they did.
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May 17, 2018 4:33 PM CST

I'm not that crazy about the solid blacks. But I do like the purple standards with the black falls. I remember having one called "Oklahoma Crude" and it seems to me another was called "Ghost Town". But anytime I grow a black anything, it doesn't seem to want to thrive for me. But then I ain't the best gardener on the planet. Lol. [But on those two, I remember that the falls were really, really black....at least to me.].
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May 17, 2018 4:36 PM CST

Sorry. On my previous post, I said "Ghost Town". It's "Ghost Train".

Again. Not solid black, but the falls were a very nice black.
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May 17, 2018 8:01 PM CST
Name: Mary
Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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I like the blacks with the bright orange falls.
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May 17, 2018 8:04 PM CST
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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Black Lipstick bloomed this year, and didn't disappoint.
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May 18, 2018 2:09 AM CST
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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How tall was your 'Black Lipstick', Jan? Mine was pretty short. I don't know what I did wrong.
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
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May 20, 2018 1:10 AM CST
Name: Timothy
eastern oregon (Zone 7b)
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jmcbackyarddigger said:I'm not that crazy about the solid blacks. But I do like the purple standards with the black falls. I remember having one called "Oklahoma Crude" and it seems to me another was called "Ghost Town". But anytime I grow a black anything, it doesn't seem to want to thrive for me. But then I ain't the best gardener on the planet. Lol. [But on those two, I remember that the falls were really, really black....at least to me.].


Maybe a black (ish) from the reddish side of the spectrum??
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May 20, 2018 2:22 AM CST
Name: Ivor
Middletown, DE (Zone 7a)
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Two of my favorite black irises come to mind. Midnight Oil, partly because it has a nice grape beard and Old Black Magic because of the cauldron glow effect when it is seen in the sun.



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