TB 37″ EM B1D
From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1942: “Almost black, a uniform shade of deepest blue-black-violet, with blue beard. Sable has every attribute that a fine iris should possess – large size, tall stalks, thick substance and a wonderfully lustrous sheen. First Class Certificate in the Rome, Italy, trials. This iris will really go places.
From National Iris Gardens catalog for 1945: “A gorgeous black violet iris with a brilliance uncommon in flowers of such deep shades. Almost a self, with a harmonizing blue beard.”
From Irisnoll catalog for 1947: “Uniform deep blue-black-violet with lustrous sheen”
From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1947: “A wonderful shade of richest deep black violet with a claret tone. One of the richest dark tones. Fine in every way and a gratifying grower. Arresting in its depth of color even to the blue beard. Deserves the popularity it has received. A large iris with nice flower stalks, well substanced and with a lustrous sheen. It is an iris instantly sought after.”
From Pudor’s Annual catalog for 1948: “A rare novelty. Almost black; a lustrous shade of deep blue-black violet of great brilliance. Very large sized flowers of excellent substance, on tall 36 inch stems. A glorious Iris that is here to stay.”
From Tell’s Iris Gardens catalog for 1951: “Superb early black-purple. Proving a remarkable parent.”
From Marble Iris Gardens for 1952: “Deep, blue-black-violet, a rich color with a blue beard. It can be classed as almost black as it is very intense in color, has a beautiful sheen and clear color. It has all the qualities that a good iris should have, large size, tall well formed stalks, and flowers of good substance.”
From Long’s Gardens catalog for 1955: “The old standby in dark blackish purple hues. Beard is violet blue.”
(((Innocenza x Blue Boy) x Cinnabar) x Cinnabar) X ((Innocenza x Blue Boy) x Cinnabar) x (Seminole x Cinnabar)), HM 1937, CM Rome 1938, AM 1940.