Black Lightning


  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

ORIGINATOR: Chuck Chapman

INTRODUCED: 2009

CLASS: Standard Dwarf Bearded

HEIGHT: 14"

BLOOM SEASON: Midseason

DESCRIPTION: Standards, style arms and Falls dark purple-black; beards violet; ruffled; slight sweet fragrance.

PARENTAGE: Ruby Eruption X 91-064-4: (Chubby Cheeks x 87-32-09: (Velvet Caper x Michael Paul)

AWARDS: None

PBF: Unknown

INTERSTING INFO:
From hybridizer Chuck Chapman: A gorgeous and hardy ruffled black iris with a contrasting violet beard. It has four flowers per stalk and remains in bloom for a long time. It has put up extra flower stalks in July, like its pod parent Ruby Eruption, but not enough for me to be sure it will rebloom regularly. Some more southerly growers will need to try this and let us know if it is a rebloomer. A far better grower then other black SDB that have been tried here. Quickly forms clumps. It appears to have four plicata genes, is spite of it's solid black colour. Slightly sweet fragrance.