■(TB) 'Dusky Dancer'
, R. 1966). Seedling 63-50. TB, 36" (91 cm). Midseason to late bloom. Color Class V1DD, Extremely dark violet-black self; ruffled; self beard. 'Dark Fury'
X 'Black Swan'
. Tell, Mission Bell 1967.
| From AIS Bulletin #185 April 1967 Introducing DUSKY DANCER (Luihn). Midseason to late. 36". This could be described as a very dark black-violet-several shades darker than either parent-including the beard. But the blossoms are as romantic as the name And appear to have been fashioned from lustrous black velvet with form near perfection. Wide ruffled petals, domed standards, flaring swirling falls. Fine substance and habit of growth, with well-branched stalks and good placement of buds. DARK FURY X BLACK SWAN. No. 63-50. HC '64, '65, '66. Net $25.00. Mission Bell.
| On past performance, we would pick OPENING NIGHT, but we didn't see it this year, so let's pick DUSKY DANCER. About the darkest iris available with immaculate form and slight ruffling. A sterling achievement. As with most blacks, bud-count is minimum. In Coastal California it loves to rebloom in the summer. [Joe Ghio, The Eye of the Beholder, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 199 (October 1970): 43.]
| DUSKY DANCER (Luihn) is more than 10 years old, but still the overall best black variety on the market. Rich intensification in the falls, and a reasonably good grower. [Perry Dyer, “A Tall bearded Collection for the Beginner”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 237 (April 1980): 35.]
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.
- 21 Apr 2019
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