Photo Courtesy of Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog (1954)
CLASS: Tall Bearded
BLOOM SEASON: Mid to Late
DESCRIPTION: Violet self, intense indigo self with red sheen.
PARENTAGE: Velvet Dusk X Down East
INTERSTING INFO: From the 1954 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: Iris have made more progress toward actual blackness than any other flower, several recent developments having falls that are literally black. Without question Top Hat is by far the largest and tallest of the black Iris, measuring nearly 7 inches when fully expanded. The broadly rounded blooms haver excellent form. Coloring is uniform into the very heart of the flower with no haft markings and with a dark, subduded beard. The broad, velvety falls are very luxurious. Garden vistors, including Iris judges, beat a path to Top Hat. Destined for top popularity.