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■(TB) 'Starlit Velvet'

1991, Stahly

'Starlit Velvet' (Harold Stahly, R. 1990). Seedling# 86-6. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Ruffled velvety deep black purple (deeper than RHS 79A), small white spray pattern around beard; beards purple, tipped deep bronze. 'Night Lady' X 'Spinning Wheel'. Stahly 1991. Honorable Mention 1993.

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Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.Photo by Günter DiedrichPhoto by Adam CordesPhoto by Blue J IrisPhoto scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collectionPhoto by Elladan McLeesterTaken in my garden, Reston, VA Zone 6B in 2012.Photo by Chapman IrisPhoto by Alain Chapelle-Jardin dPhoto by South Jersey IrisPhoto taken at 1992 AIS Atlanta Convention by Verna Laurin at the Turner GardenPhoto taken at 1991 AIS Washington DC Convention by Verna Laurin at the Green Box GardenPhoto by Blue J Iris


From AIS Bulletin #281 April 1991 Introducing STARLIT VELVET (Stahly '91) TB, 36", M. A pleasingly different "black" is this velvety flower of very deep purple (charts RHS 79A, but deeper). A small, attractive white spray pattern around the beard belies its plicata heritage. Self beards. Semi-flared, blocky and ruffled, primary stalks have four branches and terminal and up to 12 buds. Has attracted lots of attention at two shows where it was entered. Sdlg. 86-6: Night Lady X Spinning Wheel. EC '89, '90; HC '90. $30.00. Harold Stahly.


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.

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-- BobPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
StarlitVelvet.jpgjpg StarlitVelvet.jpg manage 41 K 03 Jun 2012 - 21:09 AdamCordes Photo by Adam Cordes
StarlitVelvet02.jpgjpg StarlitVelvet02.jpg manage 84 K 14 Apr 2014 - 13:45 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
StarlitVelvet03.jpgjpg StarlitVelvet03.jpg manage 69 K 02 Apr 2015 - 02:27 TerryLaurin Photo by Elladan McLeester
StarlitVelvet1.jpgjpg StarlitVelvet1.jpg manage 57 K 25 Sep 2012 - 02:35 DavidPotembski Taken in my garden, Reston, VA Zone 6B in 2012.
StarlitVelvet7.jpgjpg StarlitVelvet7.jpg manage 37 K 29 Nov 2013 - 17:41 TerryLaurin Photo by South Jersey Iris
StarlitVelvetBJI.JPGJPG StarlitVelvetBJI.JPG manage 84 K 07 Apr 2012 - 20:19 BetsyHiggins Photo by Blue J Iris
Starlit_Velvet_546_gd.jpgjpg Starlit_Velvet_546_gd.jpg manage 63 K 20 Aug 2012 - 11:33 IrisP Photo by Günter Diedrich
i-qtxBzDS-X2_starlit_velvet.jpgjpg i-qtxBzDS-X2_starlit_velvet.jpg manage 302 K 21 Feb 2016 - 04:39 BrockHeilman Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.
starlitvelvet03.JPGJPG starlitvelvet03.JPG manage 85 K 08 Jul 2014 - 16:17 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
starlitvelvet5.jpgjpg starlitvelvet5.jpg manage 23 K 21 Mar 2013 - 19:48 TerryLaurin Photo by Chapman Iris
starlitvelvet6.jpgjpg starlitvelvet6.jpg manage 78 K 14 Nov 2013 - 21:06 TerryLaurin Photo by Alain Chapelle-Jardin d'Iris de Bubry-France
starlitvelvet7.JPGJPG starlitvelvet7.JPG manage 175 K 22 Apr 2023 - 20:16 TerryLaurin Photo taken at 1992 AIS Atlanta Convention by Verna Laurin at the Turner Garden
starlitvelvet9.JPGJPG starlitvelvet9.JPG manage 228 K 18 Apr 2023 - 01:46 TerryLaurin Photo taken at 1991 AIS Washington DC Convention by Verna Laurin at the Green Box Garden
Topic revision: r20 - 22 Apr 2023, TerryLaurin
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