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■(TB) 'Dusky Dancer'

1967, Luihn

'Dusky Dancer' (Walter Luihn, R. 1966). Seedling 63-50. TB, 36" (91 cm). Midseason to late bloom. Color Class V1DD, Extremely dark violet-black self; ruffled; self beard. 'Dark Fury' X 'Black Swan'. Tell, Mission Bell 1967. High Commendation 1964, High Commendation 1965, High Commendation 1966; Honorable Mention 1968, Favorite Guest 1968; Judges Choice 1968; Award of Merit 1970.

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From AIS Bulletin #185 April 1967 Introducing DUSKY DANCER (Luihn). Midseason to late. 36". This could be described as a very dark black-violet-several shades darker than either parent-including the beard. But the blossoms are as romantic as the name And appear to have been fashioned from lustrous black velvet with form near perfection. Wide ruffled petals, domed standards, flaring swirling falls. Fine substance and habit of growth, with well-branched stalks and good placement of buds. DARK FURY X BLACK SWAN. No. 63-50. HC '64, '65, '66. Net $25.00. Mission Bell.
On past performance, we would pick OPENING NIGHT, but we didn't see it this year, so let's pick DUSKY DANCER. About the darkest iris available with immaculate form and slight ruffling. A sterling achievement. As with most blacks, bud-count is minimum. In Coastal California it loves to rebloom in the summer. [Joe Ghio, The Eye of the Beholder, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 199 (October 1970): 43.]
DUSKY DANCER (Luihn) is more than 10 years old, but still the overall best black variety on the market. Rich intensification in the falls, and a reasonably good grower. [Perry Dyer, “A Tall bearded Collection for the Beginner”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 237 (April 1980): 35.]


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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DuskyDancer11.jpgjpg DuskyDancer11.jpg manage 122 K 15 Aug 2021 - 02:34 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DuskyDancer12BHI.jpgjpg DuskyDancer12BHI.jpg manage 86 K 17 Apr 2012 - 19:21 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
DuskyDancerEI.jpgjpg DuskyDancerEI.jpg manage 45 K 11 Dec 2012 - 19:00 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Exline Iris Garden
DuskyDancerSI.JPGJPG DuskyDancerSI.JPG manage 305 K 09 Apr 2019 - 14:48 UnknownUser Photo by Sandy Ives.
Dusky_Dancer_Luinh_1967.JPGJPG Dusky_Dancer_Luinh_1967.JPG manage 73 K 17 Dec 2009 - 16:52 Main.Laymont+ by Dejoux in my garden : sud-ouest France
Dusky_Dancer_com.jpgjpg Dusky_Dancer_com.jpg manage 39 K 26 Jan 2011 - 22:28 Main.Selina49 Dusky Dancer at Selina's Iris Garden
dusky01.jpgjpg dusky01.jpg manage 90 K 08 Jun 2015 - 03:01 UnknownUser Photo by Exline Iris Garden
duskydancer01.JPGJPG duskydancer01.JPG manage 264 K 29 Sep 2020 - 20:20 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1975 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
duskydancer02.JPGJPG duskydancer02.JPG manage 357 K 13 Feb 2021 - 21:26 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1976 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
duskydancer1.jpgjpg duskydancer1.jpg manage 114 K 21 Apr 2016 - 02:54 UnknownUser Photo by HIPS Archives
duskydancer5.jpgjpg duskydancer5.jpg manage 75 K 07 Nov 2013 - 22:02 UnknownUser Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
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