HIST: BLACK MAGIC?
Dorothy Fingerhood wrote:
> Hello, fellow insomniacs. Here's what's keeping me up this AM: =
> An iris blooming at 30+ inches, with 3 buds (2 at terminal and 1
> Color is a very dark purple/mulberry. The falls are somewhat darker,
> velvety in texture. What really blows me away is the BEARD. The
> individual "hairs" are white at the base; then purple; then
> The effect is like looking at a filled layer cake from the edge! Now,=
> haven't really studied beards until recently, but I don't recall ever
> seeing something like this. I do see 2 colors frequently.
This type of beard is fairly common
in arilbreds, although I haven't seen =
it in TBs. Would love to hear of others'
observations of TBs, as I don't know
where the trait comes from. =
Given the height, branching, and bud
count, it's quite possible this mystery
iris is an arilbred. Write to me off-list
if you want to brainstorm....
> The iris is purported to be BLACK MAGIC (Wayman 1935); an IB Re. I
> think so--way too tall, for one thing. Anybody have any ideas, based =
> this somewhat unique beard? =
Definitely not the BLACK MAGIC I've
grown. There was a series about
this cultivar in ROOTS a couple of
years ago, if you want more info.