Black Jade

This is the best black-red that has ever bloomed at Mercers' Garden. It is the fullest, most velvety, and holds best of all of them. It has an intense green throat and slight ruffling.

It first bloomed many years ago, and it has been thoroughly tested. While it is not any more sunfast in full sun than any of the other black-reds, it recovers its velvety finish when grown in part shade and is as lovely at the end of the day as at the beginning.In Fact, the photo below was shot around 9 p.m., after dark, with flash.

So I heartily recommend this as a very good black-red with one flaw: Its color suffers when nights are cool. Temperatures in the mid-50s will result in a washed out flower with a darker eye.

No other black-red has its sophistication, presence and freedom of bloom.

Its special qualities include heavy, waxy substance and texture.

[(Angus McLeod x Warrior Prince) X (Dark Delight x Inverness)]
Bloom size: 5-6 inches
Scape Height: 26 inches
Bud Count: 26
Plant habit: Dormant
Bloom time: Midseason
Blooming habit: Not recurrent
Fertility: Not too difficult, pollen is easy.
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Flaws: Color lightens and shows a slight eye after very cool nights.
Exceptional qualities: Robust growth. Tough flowers. Beautiful color recovers from sun damage as the day cools.

Price: $200

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This photo was shot after dark with flash to show how the flower recovers its velvetyness after a hot sunny day
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Peggy is the oldest granddaughter of Diana Lockamy, who was our garden boss for many years before she left recently to take a job as a long-haul trucker. One of this year's introductions is named Diana Lockamy.