Irises forum: red beard (not orange) on a dark purple, dark blue, black, or near blavk self

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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 1:55 PM CST
I have been combing the database for iris of the above description. So far, I have come up with only three: Pacific Fire ( which I own), Fit For Royalty, and Jacob.

Pacific Fire was planted by me last fall and bloomed for me this spring. It was not the color depicted on most of the database pictures. Aside from the very red beards, I would call it a mid-violet. In the midday I was not impressed, particularly, but when toward evening the slanting rays of the sun lit it up, it looked truly on fire! I love it, and can't wait for it to multiply.

I would love to hear from people who have either of these three cultivars, ( or others that meet my title description) as to how you like them.

Now, I need to figure out how to show pictures of these from the database. I still have not unloaded my camera's photos of Pacific Fire.
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 2:10 PM CST
Let's see if this works. This is a photo of Pacific Fire from the database. I still think that this and other photos in the database show it bluer than it really is. I think it's more violet than the photos so far have shown

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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 2:19 PM CST
Here's Fit for Royalty. However, its beards are described as "dark brick red" and you can see they don't show up as well.

Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 2:30 PM CST
And here is Jacob:


Jacob, like Pacific Fire, has a nice bright contrast between the red beard and the darker self color.

I'd be interested to know if there are any very dark purples, navys or near blacks with bright red beards. So far I haven't found any in the database. But I've only searched the registrations back to about 1995, and many of the most recent registrations don't have photos yet, so I might have missed something.
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography Cat Lover Seed Starter
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Totally_Amazing
Jun 27, 2018 3:31 PM CST
Those red beards on Jacob are divine Lovey dubby
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 3:39 PM CST
I agree! I agree
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Jun 27, 2018 3:45 PM CST


Not a "red" beard, rather dark orange, but it really stands out. Thumbs up
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
Jun 27, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Daisy, I have grown Pacific Fire for five years and it has performed well for me. Thumbs up
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 4:07 PM CST
Oh, yes, I totally forgot about Paul Black. And it's one I have on order! In fact I had ordered it for planting last fall but the supplier omitted it from the delivery. So, it's on order again from a different supplier this time. I have to have it! I love the contrast of red beard on a dark iris. I hope you hybridizers will take note, and work more on combining red beards on near blacks.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
"The mountains are calling..."
Region: California Garden Photography Garden Procrastinator Daylilies Pollen collector Dog Lover
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Polymerous
Jun 27, 2018 4:15 PM CST
I like the combo too, and will maybe do a cross or two in that direction. Whistling
Evaluating an iris seedling, hopefully for rebloom
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 4:21 PM CST
Marilyn, that would be terrific!
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 4:23 PM CST
Andrea, that's good to hear! Thumbs up
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Peonies
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Lestv
Jun 27, 2018 4:35 PM CST
There is Cayeux's though in real life it looks more like this . Still and all quite a stunner.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 4:47 PM CST
Very pretty!
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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shizen
Jun 27, 2018 9:17 PM CST
Thumb of 2018-06-28/shizen/479371. not quite red, daisydo. but quite a dark orange on this intermediate named 'banshee'.



Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 27, 2018 10:18 PM CST
Yes, pretty, but I want to see it on selfs, not bitones. And I really do want the beards to be true red. No less red than on Paul Black, I would say.
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Jun 28, 2018 10:59 AM CST
Thumbs up love this one. thought i'd give it a shout out.😄
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 28, 2018 12:04 PM CST
Banshee reminds me a lot of Black Magic Woman, and Sharp Dressed Man. Haven't seen any of them in person, though.
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
Jun 28, 2018 12:11 PM CST
Ooh, here's one that comes close, but the beard is described as tangerine. I wish the beard were a bit redder:

Dracula's Kiss

(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Jun 28, 2018 12:55 PM CST
Here are Black Magic Woman, Dracula's Kiss and Sharp Dressed Man side by side for comparison. These were taken at Napa Iris 3 years ago (I also grow all three of them). So these photos were taken on the dame day, in the same light and with the same camera.

Thumb of 2018-06-28/UndertheSun/3afe92 Thumb of 2018-06-28/UndertheSun/89f707 Thumb of 2018-06-28/UndertheSun/2b972c

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