From Schreiner’s Iris Lovers Catalog 1967 (The introductory catalog listing) “Many garden lovers are inclined to discount the importance of deep violet as a flower color. Yet every time they encounter a clump of ddpviolet pansies, petunias or iris, they are amazed afresh at the unique richess and unexpected loveliness of this color. It is in cact, the rarest of hues. NIGHTSIDE, our cover iris, strikes the very basso profundo of deeply resonant color beauty. This true self has magnificent sheen, the nap of heavy silky velvet. We have never put out a deeper or large, or more luxurious near black ris than Nightside. A generous clump of it will enthrall you. Fine branching -unusual in a dark iris. ”
R 826-A (involving parentage including ‘The Bishop‘, ‘Ethiop Queen’, ‘Blue Glow‘, ‘Black Belle‘, ‘Storm Warning‘, ‘Black Forest‘, etc.) X seedling #S 529-G ((seedling #0 332-1 x seedling #K 521-A) x ‘Licorice Stick‘)). Schreiner 1967. Honorable Mention 1968.