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UndertheSun
May 20, 2018 2:44 PM CST
The dark irises are my favorite and I see there are still some out there that I must have. Lovey dubby
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
May 22, 2018 12:56 AM CST
I went so overboard on dark irises last year that I need to be careful about adding more; the garden needs more stand-out color, and the darker irises don't stand out from a distance.

Of my newer irises, 'Adriatic Noble' has been nice this year and is pretty dark, but I think I prefer 'Magnificent Masterpiece'. Of course these are very dark purples... I'm not sure that you could call them "black".



'Yosemite Nights' is new to me, and it is certainly dark, but it is not as attractive to me as the irises above.



My old 'Darkside' finally bloomed again (resurrected from near oblivion). (It looks darker in the garden than in the image below.) I like it, but it did not seem to have a long bloom season (maybe it is in too much shade).



'Black Lipstick' is pretty dark but it was something of a disappointment because the stalks were so short; I am sure that I did something wrong there but I don't know what.



Until and unless 'Black Lipstick' grows up, my favorite dark one is currently 'Black Phantom', and I like that well enough. It is also not in a great setting... it's in a bit too much shade, and it just disappears there.

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Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
May 22, 2018 4:15 AM CST
Of the ones you listed above Poly, I only grow Magnificent Masterpiece. It is a reliable bloomer here and always has lovely blooms. I think if i could only have one dark purple it would be MM.

Your dark ones are all lovely. Black Lipstick has caught my fancy for sure. Thumbs up
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UndertheSun
May 22, 2018 10:45 AM CST
Adriatic Noble, Yosemite Nights and Black Lipstick all look nice! Lovey dubby My MM bloomed really short this year and was hidden down into the foliage.

Black Phantom is among my favorite dark irises too. Thumbs up
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 22, 2018 4:33 PM CST
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while not exactly black, 'blackbird landing' and
'shadows of night' thanks to rob, are my favorites.

forgot to take a picture of my own i'm borrowing sue's photo. it looked more like mine and had an irridescent shine in the center of the falls.

. it may still bloom, as the season for this iris is e/m/l? one of my lates bloomed at the end of december, so there may still be a chance of a blossom. (i am still learning about s.d.😬)
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
May 22, 2018 8:06 PM CST
'Shadows of Night' looks interesting! * must... resist...*

I have 'Blackbird Landing' on order. Whistling

I'm afraid to figure out what % of my irises are in the dark purple palette (or for that matter, what % are white, or half so).
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urania1
May 22, 2018 8:19 PM CST
Polymerous said:'Shadows of Night' looks interesting! * must... resist...*

I have 'Blackbird Landing' on order. Whistling

I'm afraid to figure out what % of my irises are in the dark purple palette (or for that matter, what % are white, or half so).

Hilarious!
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
May 22, 2018 8:28 PM CST
I went and counted...

Of the 185 TBs I have (or have on order), 16 of them are in the dark purple-black category. Blinking This does not include 'Paul Black' and others not dark enough, or those that are half dark purple, half some other color.

That's actually < 10%, not as bad as I thought...
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UndertheSun
May 22, 2018 9:47 PM CST
I love Blackbird Landing and Shadows of Night. Lovey dubby

Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 22, 2018 10:14 PM CST
Polymerous said:'Shadows of Night' looks interesting! * must... resist...*
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jan 17, 2020 3:58 PM CST
It's so hard to tell from pictures, due to camera differences. Can anyone tell me of any TB blacks that have blue undertones rather than red undertones?
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Jan 17, 2020 11:11 PM CST
Daisy ~ What do you think of Ozark Rebounder? I think it has a violet undertone, not blue, though.



The same with Thunder Spirit, though it is a bit lighter.

"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
Jan 18, 2020 2:30 PM CST
I guess what I am looking for is navys, rather than dark purples.
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Name: Richard
Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a)
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Winklemanmr
Jan 18, 2020 2:55 PM CST
This is one of my Ozark Rebounders that bloomed last year...

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and this was another that bloomed from a pot on my patio last winter:


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the color was off for most of my patio irises last year.
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jan 18, 2020 3:14 PM CST
Question for y'all iris experts because I'm nosy curious.

A neighbor liberated these irises and I wondered if the darkish color at the base of the fan (terminology?) indicates that the bloom will be purple or darker.


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Thanks.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Jan 18, 2020 3:17 PM CST
No, purple based foliage does not mean the flower will be purple. I have a yellow iris that has PBF.
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jan 18, 2020 3:30 PM CST
Thanks, Andrea. Purple or yellow were the only possible choices. (I didn't mention that because I was so sure of myself.) The irises came from 2 small beds that are on opposite sides of a sidewalk. One bed has the yellows and the other has the purples. They've been there for over 20 years that I know of. Probably longer.
Name: tfc
North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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tx_flower_child
Jan 19, 2020 10:59 PM CST
The first picture is where the purples grow. The second bed is smaller and where the yellow ones live. They are TB but I have no idea if the original owner ever had an ID for either of them. Thanks again for your help. I'm sure I'll have some more iris questions in the not too distant future.

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