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■(IB) 'Dark Waters'

1992, Aitken

'Dark Waters' (J. Terry Aitken, R. 1992). Seedling #86-IB-2-6. IB, height 26" (66 cm), Late midseason bloom. Ruffled deep violet; beards light violet, tipped mustard. ('Clay's Caper' x 'Stockholm') X 'Gyro'. Aitken's Salmon Creek 1992. Honorable Mention 1994; Award of Merit 1997; Sass Medal 2000.

See below:
Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, NebraskadarkwatersPhoto by C T Iris PatchPhoto by Gintaras Kilmaitis-Irisu Pasaulis-LithuaniaPhoto scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collectionPhoto by Blue J IrisPhoto by Deborah Petrie-Manitoba,CanadaPhoto by Barbara-Jean Jackson-Manitoba,CanadaPhoto by Barbara-Jean Jackson-Manitoba,Canada©2001 Laurie Frazer©2001 Laurie FrazerPhoto by Chad Harris of Mt. Pleasant Iris FarmPhoto scanned from the 1993 AitkenPhoto by Evelyn RollerPhoto by Evelyn RollerBJ SW MB Canada, Zone 3USDAPhoto by Chad Harris of Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm


From Aitken’s Salmon Creek Garden, 1992: DARK WATERS (Aitken '92) IB, M-L, 26", 7 buds. Another outstanding example of the great progress that has occurred in flower form in the 1B class! Color is a dark violet self except for a subtle lightening of petal edges which accents the fine ruffles. The bushy beard is light violet tipped mustard. Fine show stalks stand above sturdy plants that show exceptional resistance to leaf spot, giving tidy, healthy green foliage late into fall. ((Clays Capers x Stockholm) x Gyro) #86IB2-6 $15.00.


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 - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
DarkWaters.JPGJPG DarkWaters.JPG manage 66 K 14 May 2010 - 17:11 KentPfeiffer Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska
DarkWaters01.jpgjpg DarkWaters01.jpg manage 55 K 24 Sep 2014 - 01:38 TerryLaurin Photo by C&T Iris Patch
DarkWaters04.JPGJPG DarkWaters04.JPG manage 62 K 23 Mar 2014 - 02:16 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
IbDarkWaters01.jpgjpg IbDarkWaters01.jpg manage 137 K 23 Jan 2017 - 16:38 TerryLaurin Photo by Chad Harris of Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm
darkwaters.jpgjpg darkwaters.jpg manage 65 K 12 Jan 2011 - 13:56 Main.avmoran  
darkwaters01.jpgjpg darkwaters01.jpg manage 40 K 08 Nov 2017 - 04:06 TerryLaurin Photo by Gintaras Kilmaitis-Irisu Pasaulis-Lithuania
darkwaters02.JPGJPG darkwaters02.JPG manage 96 K 27 Jun 2014 - 14:29 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
darkwaters09.jpgjpg darkwaters09.jpg manage 182 K 06 Jun 2020 - 11:32 TerryLaurin Photo by Deborah Petrie-Manitoba,Canada
darkwaters1.jpgjpg darkwaters1.jpg manage 202 K 08 Jun 2017 - 16:18 TerryLaurin Photo by Barbara-Jean Jackson-Manitoba,Canada
darkwaters2.jpgjpg darkwaters2.jpg manage 224 K 08 Jun 2017 - 16:20 TerryLaurin Photo by Barbara-Jean Jackson-Manitoba,Canada
darkwaters3.JPGJPG darkwaters3.JPG manage 53 K 05 Feb 2012 - 20:14 Main.htb ©2001 Laurie Frazer
darkwaters5.jpgjpg darkwaters5.jpg manage 73 K 12 Jan 2010 - 23:06 Main.htb ©2001 Laurie Frazer
darkwaters6.jpgjpg darkwaters6.jpg manage 202 K 03 Mar 2014 - 15:42 TerryLaurin Photo by Chad Harris of Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm
darkwaters9.JPGJPG darkwaters9.JPG manage 217 K 10 Nov 2020 - 23:05 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1993 Aitken's Salmon Creek Garden catalogue by Terry Laurin
darkwatersevelyn.JPGJPG darkwatersevelyn.JPG manage 167 K 07 Dec 2021 - 15:51 TerryLaurin Photo by Evelyn Roller
darkwatersevelyn1.JPGJPG darkwatersevelyn1.JPG manage 141 K 07 Dec 2021 - 15:51 TerryLaurin Photo by Evelyn Roller
ib_dark_waters.JPGJPG ib_dark_waters.JPG manage 55 K 24 Oct 2010 - 14:07 Main.plantaddict487 BJ SW MB Canada, Zone 3USDA
Topic revision: r35 - 28 Apr 2022, TerryLaurin
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