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■(TB) 'Black Swan'

1960, Fay

'Black Swan' (Orville Fay, R. 1960). Seedling# 57-18. TB, 35" (89 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-RN1D. Reddish-black self; brown beard. 'Sable Night' X seedling# 53-68. Fay, Moldovan 1960. High Commendation 1955, 1958; Judges Choice 1961; Honorable Mention 1960; Award of Merit 1962.

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From Fay catalog, 1960: Black Swan (1960) $25.00 NET. No. 57-18- (47-21 X Black Hills) X Sable Night. A very large wide petaled reddish-black Iris with a brown beard. This Iris is beautifully formed, lightly ruffled and heavily substanced. The intensely colored velvety flowers are carried on well-branched 35" stems. Has pollen and sets seed. H.C. 1958.
BLACK SWAN (Fay 1960). One of the largest and most spectacular black irises that we have seen. The form is excellent, with closed standards and broad, wavy falls. Stems are tall and strong and the plant is an excellent performer. Ralph and Helen Lewis, “Irises From North Carolina’s Coastal Plains to the Foot of Pikes Peak,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 167 (October 1962): 89.
BLACK SWAN (Fay'60) A very large black from the red side, with lots of flare and style. A deep beard lends depth of color. Big, tall, widely branched. Ralph and Helen Lewis, “Iris from the Carolinas to Iowa and Ohio,” Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 179 (October 1965): 89.


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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BlackSwan01.jpgjpg BlackSwan01.jpg manage 152 K 27 Feb 2017 - 16:49 UnknownUser Photo by Glanavon Iris Patch-New Zealand
BlackSwan9.jpgjpg BlackSwan9.jpg manage 48 K 25 Jan 2021 - 13:12 UnknownUser Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
Black_Swan.JPGJPG Black_Swan.JPG manage 73 K 31 Jan 2011 - 05:39 IrisP  
Black_swan02.jpgjpg Black_swan02.jpg manage 72 K 28 Jun 2015 - 14:57 UnknownUser Photo by Nicky Allenz-Centauri Irises-Foxton, New Zealand
Black_swan1.jpgjpg Black_swan1.jpg manage 491 K 14 Oct 2013 - 05:27 Main.firecentaurr Photo by CENTAURI IRISES, Foxton, NZ
TB-Black-Swan.jpgjpg TB-Black-Swan.jpg manage 71 K 25 Oct 2010 - 17:35 EleanorHutchison Don McQueen photo, London, Ont, Canada Z5
blackswan01.jpgjpg blackswan01.jpg manage 20 K 11 Sep 2014 - 21:29 UnknownUser Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
blackswan02.jpgjpg blackswan02.jpg manage 72 K 24 Feb 2016 - 04:25 UnknownUser Photo by Kelways-United Kingdom
blackswan03.JPGJPG blackswan03.JPG manage 103 K 16 Apr 2014 - 13:56 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
blackswan04.JPGJPG blackswan04.JPG manage 56 K 24 Jun 2014 - 19:50 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
blackswan05.JPGJPG blackswan05.JPG manage 586 K 24 Mar 2019 - 22:18 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
blackswan09.JPGJPG blackswan09.JPG manage 105 K 11 Aug 2021 - 18:26 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
blackswan1.jpgjpg blackswan1.jpg manage 35 K 25 Apr 2016 - 01:39 UnknownUser Photo by Iris of Sissinghurst-United Kingdom
blackswan2.jpgjpg blackswan2.jpg manage 37 K 22 Nov 2018 - 03:59 UnknownUser Photo by Iriszkert Szasz-Hungary.
blackswan5.JPGJPG blackswan5.JPG manage 163 K 25 Jun 2023 - 02:17 UnknownUser Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada-taken June 1966
blackswan8.jpgjpg blackswan8.jpg manage 59 K 04 Nov 2013 - 22:35 UnknownUser Photo by Alain Chapelle-Jardin d'Iris de Bubry-France
Topic revision: r44 - 25 Jun 2023, TLaurin
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