■(BB) 'Black Forest'
, R. 1944). BB, height Under 27" (68.5 cm). Late midseason bloom. Color class-B1D. Very dark violet self; slight fragrance. 'Dymia'
X 'Ethiop Queen'
. Schreiner 1945. Awards as TB before acceptance of BB class by AIS in 1949: Honorable Mention 1946, Award of Merit 1948.
NOTE: Originally registered as TB.
| Awaiting original catalog description
"The finest dark iris I saw was Black Forest. It really looks black including the beard, but it is not at all sombre." David R. Kinnish, "Kansas and Missouri Gardens in 1946" The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 103, (October 1946): 28.]
"Black Forest is the blackest thing in flowers I have yet seen, for whereas most "blacks" are deep violet with a black sheen, this iris appears to be quite black lit here and there with a deep violet sheen, and that only where the light falls on it at a certain angle. It is a short growing plant with small flowers, and while it is very arresting one wonders whether so sombre a flower contributes anything, of beauty to a flower garden. Nevertheless it is a great achievement." Gwendolyn Anley, (England), “American Irises in English Gardens,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 107, “Iris Ramblings” (October 1947): 7.
| Catalog References: Schreiner's 1944; Tell 1947.
| Other references: AIS Bulletin #216, January 1975, page 16.
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| Hardiness Zones 4-8 for most varieties, Some cultivars tolerate colder, others tolerate warmer zones (please comment in comment box with your location if this cultivar grows well in zone 3, 4, 9, or 10.)
| Exposure Prefers full sun for optimal performance, may still bloom in half-day shade
| Water: Prefers well drained good garden soil, Tolerant of dry conditions in established plants, Intolerant of swampy conditions.
| PH Prefers Neutral to basic solis 6.1 to 8.5, quite toleranr of more extreme conditions
| Fertilizer Prefers rich conditions on relatively inorganic soils.
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