Sunday, March 21, 2010

Tall Bearded Iris "ABOUT LAST NIGHT"

A cross of two 1980 irises, Bill Maryott's 'Witches' Sabbath' and Paul Blacks 'Oklahoma Crude' both purple blacks Irises with mustard beards, gave Paul Black a Deep Black Iris with yellow beards and a glowing red heart. A very attractive fragrant iris with the ability to rebloom an unusual trait in black irises so if you only have room for one Black Iris in your garden why settle for a solo performance when 'About Last Night' could give you an encore in Autumn.I have not tried it yet but it is reported to be fertile. I grow a clump of three plants and the above photo shows Jean Steven's 'Watchfire' in the background so it grows with some classy company.

AIS Checklist 1999
ABOUT LAST NIGHT (Paul Black, R. 1999). Seedling B137A . TB, height 30" (76 cm), Mid bloom season. Standards purplish black; style arms deep purplish black, black midline and tan edges; falls black, hafts veined cream; beards bright yellow gold, wide; pronounced sweet fragrance. 'Witches' Sabbath' X 'Oklahoma Crude'. Mid-America Garden

Available in New Zealand from Julie Mays 'The Iris Garden' (see link on left-hand side of blog) In America you could try Williamson Farm Flowers

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