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■(TB) 'Black Hills'

1951, Fay

'Black Hills' (Orville Fay, R. 1950) TB, 42" (107 cm). Midseason bloom. Blue-black (deep blue-violet) self, black beard. (Fay seedling# 47-21: 'Black Valor' x 'Gulf Stream') X 'Black Forest'. Fay 1951. High Commendation 1950 (under name); Honorable Mention 1951; Award of Merit 1954.

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Black HillsPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto scanned from the 1955 Cooley


From Fay catalog, 1956: Black Hills (1951) 55.00 No. 49-21-47-21 X Black Forest. A blue black Iris as tall and as large as the best Irises in other color classes. This full-petaled, nicely proportioned, flaring and stylish blue black flower with a beard to match and no haft markings, is borne on a well-branched stalk 48 inches tall; 12 flowers on a main bloom stem. A fast increaser and vigorous grower. Mid-season. A very good parent. H.C. 1950; H.M. 1952; A.M. 1954; 100 Best 1955.


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.

BobPries - 21 Apr 2019

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-- RolandDejoux - 2010-03-25
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BlackHills02.JPGJPG BlackHills02.JPG manage 125 K 11 Aug 2021 - 18:12 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Black_Hills.JPGJPG Black_Hills.JPG manage 66 K 31 Jan 2011 - 05:35 IrisP  
blackhills9.JPGJPG blackhills9.JPG manage 177 K 15 Feb 2021 - 03:12 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1955 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r18 - 11 Aug 2021, TerryLaurin
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