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■(BB) 'Black Forest'

1945, Schreiner

'Black Forest' (Schreiner, 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.

See below:

Black Forest Sch Cat.jpgblack-forest1-16.jpgBlack Forest.JPGBlack Forest.jpgBlackForest01.JPGBlackForest02.JPGblackforest03.JPGblackforest5.JPGblackforest9.JPGBlackForest9.JPGIMG 7678.jpg


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

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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Black Forest Sch Cat.jpgjpg Black Forest Sch Cat.jpg manage 73 K 29 Nov 2017 - 14:15 BobPries From Schreiners 1949 catalog
BlackForest01.JPGJPG BlackForest01.JPG manage 63 K 20 Nov 2014 - 16:40 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
BlackForest02.JPGJPG BlackForest02.JPG manage 78 K 11 Aug 2021 - 15:33 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
BlackForest9.JPGJPG BlackForest9.JPG manage 25 K 09 Apr 2021 - 11:35 UnknownUser Photo scanned by Anne Milner-from the B.I.S( British Iris Society) slide collection
Black_Forest.JPGJPG Black_Forest.JPG manage 67 K 31 Jan 2011 - 05:33 IrisP  
Black_Forest.jpgjpg Black_Forest.jpg manage 11 K 12 Nov 2010 - 14:36 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
IMG_7678.jpgjpg IMG_7678.jpg manage 363 K 21 Dec 2018 - 15:00 UnknownUser Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016
black-forest1-16.jpgjpg black-forest1-16.jpg manage 124 K 11 Jun 2016 - 23:11 Main.mikeu Photo taken at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens by Mike Unser
blackforest03.JPGJPG blackforest03.JPG manage 66 K 24 Jun 2014 - 19:28 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
blackforest5.JPGJPG blackforest5.JPG manage 29 K 12 Dec 2023 - 15:53 UnknownUser Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-Katikati-New Zealand
blackforest9.JPGJPG blackforest9.JPG manage 373 K 18 Feb 2021 - 16:14 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1955 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r29 - 12 Dec 2023, TLaurin
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