Iris 'Dusky Challenger'

bearded iris

Dark-purple frilled flowers with black beards on a stately stem that’s almost top-heavy with flower and there’s a unique chocolate scent too

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  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: well-drained, moderately fertile soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to June
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A real showstopper this. A stately, bearded iris with huge, ruffled iridescent, purple-blue blooms on strong stems that appear in early summer, each stem carrying up to 13 buds. This is one of the best dark purple-blue irises and looks stunning with other blue and purple flowering plants. Try it dotted around a gravel garden, or in groups in a herbaceous border.

  • Garden Care: Plant shallowly with the upper part of the rhizome sitting on the surface of the soil, incorporating a low nitrogen fertiliser in the planting hole. After planting remove the upper-most third of the leaves to protect against wind-rock. In exposed areas stake with bamboo canes in early spring. Remove the stems after flowering from the base as this will concentrate the plant's energy into producing new rhizomes. Divide and replant about every three years.

  • Harmful if eaten

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5.0

Stunning Purples

By Bloss

from Bedfordshire

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  • Attractive
  • Fragrant
  • Hardy
  • Healthy

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    Comments about Crocus Iris'Dusky Challenger':

    The beard is in fact blue/purple, not black, matching the standards and falls perfectly. Long flowering for a TB Iris and delicately scented. (The maroon/purple 2nd image is misleading as it's NOT TB Dusky Challenger)

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    • Q:

      2006 Planting Chelsea Flower Show enquiry

      Hi, I see you have plants available for the current show, but do you have a plant list for the 2006 award winner (Daily Telegraph,Tom Stuart Smith) available as I am interested in buying some of these plants? Thank you for your time, Kelly
      Asked on 4/5/2010 by kelly mackenzie

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      • A:

        Hello Kelly, He did use a lot of plants in his garden - here is a list which includes most. Allium Purple Sensation Anthriscus Ravens Wing Aquilegia Ruby Port Astrantia Claret Carex testacea Cirsium rivulare atropurpureum Dahlia Dark Desire Euphorbia Fireglow Geranium Lily Lovell Geranium phaeum Samobor Geranium Phillipe Valpelle Geranium psilostemmon Geum Princess Juliana Gillenia trifoliata Hakonechloa macra Iris Dusky Challenger Iris Dutch Chocolate Iris Sultan's Palace Iris Superstition Iris Supreme Sultan Knautia macedonica Lavandula angustifolia Nepeta subsessilis Washfield Nepeta Walkers low Purple fennel - Giant Bronze Rodgersia pinnata Superba Rodgersia podophylla Salvia Mainacht Sedum matrona Stachys byzantina Stipa arundinacea (syn.Anemanthele lessoniana) Stipa gigantea Tulip Abu Hassan Tulip Ballerina Tulip Queen of Night Verbascum Helen Johnston I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 4/6/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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      Iris Cliffs of Dover

      Hi Crocus Advice please. All the Iris 'Cliffs of Dover ' appear to have died back to ground level is this normal for Irises and will they reappear next season? Thanks Chris
      Asked on 8/29/2009 by Chris Greenshields

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      • A:

        Hello Chris These plants do die back at this time of the year so I would not be concerned and then put on lots of new growth in spring. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

        Answered on 9/1/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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