TB 40″ M R1D

Schreiner’s Iris Lovers Catalog 1955 “Dark Iris have been rather restricted to smaller flowers, shorter stems and generally to colors on the blue side of black. Congo represents a real achievement in that it is the first large dark iris with a reddish silken sheen on the top of a coal black undertone. With its extra large blooms this gloriously rich black with red tints fills a long vacant niche in the iris spectrum  10.00”

 Ethiop Queen x ‘Velvet Dusk’. Schreiner 1953.

From Cooley’s 1958 catalog: “The first large dark Iris with a reddish silken sheen on top of a coal-black undertone. Extra large, nicely branched 42″ in height.”

Note: Name released by John Dee Wareham, who had registered an R4D as Congo in 1924.

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Schreiner 1953/1953

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1950-1959
Fall Color: Black/Near Black
Standard Color: Black/Near Black
Pattern: Self
Beard Color: Bronze
Hybridizer: Schreiner
Rarity: Endangered
PBF: Unknown
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