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■(TB) 'Black Hope'

1963, Austin

'Black Hope' (Lloyd Austin, R. 1963). Seedling 78. TB horned, 36" (91 cm), Midseason to late bloom. Color Class V3D, Standards deep mulberry; falls mulberry black, slender violet horns. J-23 X 'Sable Night'. Rainbow 1963.

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From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1965: BLACK HOPE (Austin '63) ML-36" While this is not a perfect Iris, nor is it perfectly black, it is by far the blackest horned Iris in existence today. Has lots of pollen & may soon be parent of a super black with horns, spoons or flounces. Standards deep mulberry, falls velvety mulberry black, with horns or spoons about 1-1/2" long. J-23 X Sable Night. Regularly $4.00; on $10 order $2.60; on $25 order $1.80.


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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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
BlackHope01.JPGJPG BlackHope01.JPG manage 59 K 20 Nov 2014 - 16:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
BlackHope02.JPGJPG BlackHope02.JPG manage 86 K 11 Aug 2021 - 18:15 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
BlackHope1.jpgjpg BlackHope1.jpg manage 66 K 25 Sep 2012 - 02:44 Main.davepote Taken in my garden, Reston, VA Zone 6B in 2012.
BlackHope2.JPGJPG BlackHope2.JPG manage 165 K 24 Aug 2016 - 22:16 Main.TLaurin Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
BlackHope3.JPGJPG BlackHope3.JPG manage 140 K 24 Aug 2016 - 22:17 Main.TLaurin Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
BlackHope7.JPGJPG BlackHope7.JPG manage 67 K 20 Mar 2014 - 13:12 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
BlackHopeAA.jpgjpg BlackHopeAA.jpg manage 44 K 14 Feb 2011 - 00:54 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Argyle Acres
BlackHopeRT.jpgjpg BlackHopeRT.jpg manage 29 K 22 Jan 2012 - 15:21 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
BlackHopeTIF.jpgjpg BlackHopeTIF.jpg manage 2 K 04 Dec 2011 - 18:45 Main.Betsy881 Photo by The Iris Fan
IMG_2255-X2_black_hope.jpgjpg IMG_2255-X2_black_hope.jpg manage 158 K 17 Feb 2016 - 04:15 BrockHeilman Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.
IMG_2256-X2_black_hope.jpgjpg IMG_2256-X2_black_hope.jpg manage 227 K 17 Feb 2016 - 04:15 BrockHeilman Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.
blackhope-jb.jpgjpg blackhope-jb.jpg manage 7 K 15 Jan 2013 - 15:42 Main.Harloiris Photo by Chapman Iris
blackhope01.JPGJPG blackhope01.JPG manage 70 K 06 Nov 2014 - 03:39 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kathryn Mohr
blackhope9.jpgjpg blackhope9.jpg manage 229 K 07 May 2023 - 11:00 Main.TLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
blackhope_austin1_jb.jpgjpg blackhope_austin1_jb.jpg manage 71 K 31 Oct 2013 - 17:45 Main.Harloiris photo Delane Langton, AIS Dallas 2013
Topic revision: r23 - 06 Jul 2023, TLaurin
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