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■(TB) 'Dark Chocolate'

1954, Murray

'Dark Chocolate' ( George Murray, R. 1952). Seedling 88-B. TB, 37" (94 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-O1, Medium to dark chocolate-brown, brown beard. 'Tobacco Road' x 'Grand Marshal'. Tell, Lyon 1954. High Commendation 1953. Honorable Mention 1954.

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From Wallace Iris Gardens catalog 1955: DARK CHOCOLATE - (George H. Murray). (Tobacco Road x Grand Marshall.) The name is very befitting this dark chocolate self that is free of any red tones. A large, wide, somewhat ruffled, heavily substanced flower. The color is such an advance in this class that it has created quite a sensation among the fanciers who save seen it. Height 38 inches. 7 to 9 buds. H. C. '53. NET $25.00.
From Iris Test Garden catalog, 1958: DARK CHOCOLATE. (G. Murray 1954).E.-M. 38 inches. (Tobacco Road x Grand Marshal). A large, wide, flaring chocolate self with a few haft reticulations. Will be a marvelous breeder. H. C. 1953. H. M. 1954. $7.SO.
From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: DARK CHOCOLATE (Murray '54) EM-38". A clean, dark chocolate color-as dark as Baker's chocolate, very large & tall, with good branching, very heavy substan,ce. Very profuse flowering. Rich, dark & commanding. HM'54; AM '59. Tobacco Road X Grand Marshal.Regularly $1.50; on $10 ortler 95c; on $25 order 75c; 3 for $2.05; 10 for $6.15.


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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DarkChocolate01.JPGJPG DarkChocolate01.JPG manage 59 K 11 Dec 2014 - 04:09 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DarkChocolate02.JPGJPG DarkChocolate02.JPG manage 93 K 14 Aug 2021 - 20:21 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DarkChocolate12BHI.jpgjpg DarkChocolate12BHI.jpg manage 80 K 16 Apr 2012 - 23:13 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DarkChocolateCT.jpgjpg DarkChocolateCT.jpg manage 95 K 29 Oct 2011 - 00:08 Main.Betsy881 Photo by C & T Iris Patch
IMG_20190606_063446.jpgjpg IMG_20190606_063446.jpg manage 721 K 08 Mar 2024 - 00:19 NikkiPolson Dark chocolate TB
dark-chocolate1-10.jpgjpg dark-chocolate1-10.jpg manage 51 K 12 Jan 2017 - 03:38 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
dark-chocolate3-10.jpgjpg dark-chocolate3-10.jpg manage 40 K 12 Jan 2017 - 03:38 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
dark-chocolate4-10.jpgjpg dark-chocolate4-10.jpg manage 64 K 12 Jan 2017 - 03:38 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
darkchocolate01.JPGJPG darkchocolate01.JPG manage 473 K 09 May 2018 - 02:51 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
darkchocolate02.JPGJPG darkchocolate02.JPG manage 487 K 09 May 2018 - 02:53 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
darkchocolate1-mujb.jpgjpg darkchocolate1-mujb.jpg manage 42 K 17 Feb 2013 - 02:55 Main.Harloiris photo Mike Unser
darkchocolate2-jb.jpgjpg darkchocolate2-jb.jpg manage 32 K 17 Feb 2013 - 02:56 Main.Harloiris photo Mike Unser
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