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■ (TB) 'Dark Energy'

2016, Keppel

'Dark Energy' (Keith Keppel, R. 2016) Seedling 07-173C. TB, 35" (89 cm). Midseason bloom. Standards black-mulberry (darker than M&P 48-L-12), slightly lighter center speckling; style arms dark mulberry (48-L-7), lavender lip; falls black-mulberry edge extending as slightly lighter and redder (48-L-6) rays into intense golden yellow (darker than 9-L-5) ground which changes to barely showing white ground in heart; beard hairs based lavender-white, brown in middle, light mustard tips. 'Drama Queen' X seedling 02-72E: (seedling 98-204G, 'Tunnel Vision' pod parent x seedling 98-204A). Keppel 2016. Honorable Mention 2018; Award of Merit 2021.

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2016 Keppel catalog.
From Keith Keppel catalog 2016 DARK ENERGY M 35" (Drama Queen X (Tunnel Vision pod parent x sibling)). Dark, rich purplish black to reddish brown plicata with high-energy rich golden yellow rays shining through the darkness of the falls. Color balance and depth vary with weather, but it remains striking regardless. Inconspicuous violet to mustard beards, lightly ruffled form. #07-173C. $50.00.


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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-- BetsyHiggins - 2016-01-10
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darkenergy09.JPGJPG darkenergy09.JPG manage 290 K 12 May 2022 - 01:31 Main.TLaurin Photo by Michaela Lango
darkenergy1.jpgjpg darkenergy1.jpg manage 424 K 21 Dec 2019 - 13:05 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
darkenergy2.jpgjpg darkenergy2.jpg manage 166 K 08 Oct 2020 - 21:48 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
darkenergy3.JPGJPG darkenergy3.JPG manage 223 K 25 Nov 2020 - 22:24 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
darkenergy4.jpgjpg darkenergy4.jpg manage 227 K 24 Jan 2023 - 03:15 Main.TLaurin Photo by Smokin Heights-Australia
darkenergy5.jpgjpg darkenergy5.jpg manage 244 K 15 Jan 2023 - 02:40 Main.TLaurin Photo by Smokin Heights-Australia-taken at Keith Keppel Iris Garden
darkenergy7.jpgjpg darkenergy7.jpg manage 252 K 13 Feb 2023 - 21:26 Main.TLaurin Photo by Sutton's Iris Gardens
darkenergy9.jpgjpg darkenergy9.jpg manage 146 K 23 Jun 2021 - 02:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Larry Lauer-Lauer's Flowers
darkenergyK01.jpgjpg darkenergyK01.jpg manage 190 K 11 Jan 2016 - 04:11 Main.TLaurin Photo by Keith Keppel Iris
darkenergyK02.jpgjpg darkenergyK02.jpg manage 157 K 22 Jan 2019 - 20:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Robin Shadlow- Iris Sisters Farm
Topic revision: r25 - 13 Feb 2023, TLaurin
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