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TB 30″ L R9D

From Steven’s Bros. catalog for 1952-53: “A wonderful bloom of richest black velvet given light and life by a ruby overcast. The rounded falls are fully flared to the horizontal, and have a dark beard. Both standards and falls are of really exceptional substance, waxen thick in the standards, frozen velvet in the falls. The stems are not tall, 2½ ft, ideal for the front of the iris border, and able to withstand both wind and rain. An exceptional variety, creating instant admiration. Late flowering.”
(Sable X Royal Mission).

From Schreiner’s Iris Lovers Catalog 1952: “This precisely styled Iris of richest black velvet texture and silken sheen has a ruby overcast that gives it a myriad of high lights like a star- studded midnight sky. The general ebony hue extends even to the beard. An iris of splendid substance that withstands wind and rain. ideal for the front of the border.”

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Black Belle

J. Stevens, 1947

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1940-1949
Fall Color: Black/Near Black
Standard Color: Purple
Pattern: Bitone
Beard Color: Dark/Blk/Brn
Hybridizer: Stevens J
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