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■(TB) 'Black Taffeta'

1954, Songer

'Black Taffeta' (Gertrude Songer, R. 1953). TB, 28-30", Midseason bloom. Color Class-V1D, Deep-violet self (black-purple); beard and haft same. Purple based foliage at leaf base near rhizome (PBF). 'Black Forest' x Muhlestein seedling # 47-33 (sibling to 'Night Life'): ('Storm King' x 'Sable'). Tell 1954. Honorable Mention 1955; Judges Choice 1956; Award of Merit 1957.

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From Fleur De Lis Gardens catalog 1956: BLACK TAFFETA (Songer 1954) M. L. 35 in. (Black Forest x Sib. to Night Life). An unusually rich, dark black purple self with a self colored beard. The form is excellent and it has broad, slightly ruffled petals and a glistening finish. One of the· best new blacks seen last year. H. M. 1955. 12.00.


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 - 21 Apr 2019

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-- BetsyHiggins - 2010-10-13
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Black Taffeta TB 1957 Eden Road.pngpng Black Taffeta TB 1957 Eden Road.png manage 560 K 08 Feb 2024 - 12:05 EdenSprings Image from 1957 Eden Road catalog
BlackTaffeta.jpgjpg BlackTaffeta.jpg manage 293 K 07 Jan 2014 - 01:43 Main.davepote Cooley's Iris catalog 1961
BlackTaffeta01.JPGJPG BlackTaffeta01.JPG manage 81 K 20 Nov 2014 - 16:53 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
BlackTaffeta02.JPGJPG BlackTaffeta02.JPG manage 84 K 11 Aug 2021 - 18:28 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Black_Taffeta.JPGJPG Black_Taffeta.JPG manage 57 K 31 Jan 2011 - 05:41 IrisP  
Black_Taffeta.jpgjpg Black_Taffeta.jpg manage 13 K 12 Nov 2010 - 14:52 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
black-taffeta1-16.jpgjpg black-taffeta1-16.jpg manage 111 K 11 Jun 2016 - 23:14 Main.mikeu Photo taken at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens by Mike Unser
black01.jpgjpg black01.jpg manage 51 K 02 Feb 2015 - 16:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Riverina Iris Farm-Australia
blacktaffeta01.JPGJPG blacktaffeta01.JPG manage 291 K 24 Aug 2017 - 02:28 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens-Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
blacktaffeta02.JPGJPG blacktaffeta02.JPG manage 299 K 24 Aug 2017 - 02:30 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens-Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
blacktaffeta09.JPGJPG blacktaffeta09.JPG manage 64 K 03 Aug 2020 - 01:00 Main.TLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
blacktaffeta1.jpgjpg blacktaffeta1.jpg manage 37 K 22 Nov 2018 - 04:02 Main.TLaurin Photo by Iriszkert Szasz-Hungary.
Topic revision: r24 - 08 Feb 2024, Harloiris
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