Paint It Black
Benz – 2004 – (Duke of Burgundy x Tetra Grand Masterpiece) – Tet – 34” – 6” – Mid – Frag – Br-4 – Bc-35 – Dorm – Re – Black purple self above line green throat
Paint It Black is a tetra Grand Masterpiece seedling. The foliage is registered as “dormant", but the plant is not fully senescent here in my zone 6 garden, keeping some foliage throughout all but the harshest winters, and the foliage is quite susceptible to late spring freezes. I consider it a "semi-dormant" in my garden. The flower is a pretty color, not really purple in my garden, but more of a black burgundy tone, but still very nice. The flower doesn’t open very well on cool mornings here and the sepals are often poorly formed as is also the case with the pollen parent Grand Masterpiece.
The plant is a moderate increaser, taking two to three years to settle in and give first-bloom in my garden. The pollen is fertile, but I have only gotten one pod on it in three years. It has moderate susceptibility to thrip/aphid predation, but marvelous saturation of anthocyanin(s) and wonderful rain resistance. On the days when it shows at its best, it is very pretty.
Paint It Black has performed with exceptional rust resistance in my garden and it can produce a high percentage of rust resistant seedlings when crossed with other very resistant cultivars as pollen parent and it can be used successfully to do salvage crosses, using it on less resistant plants to produce a few resistant seedlings. There are multiple reports of Paint It Black showing high rust resistance in numerous gardens, including in the south, and also showing the ability to produce rust resistant seedlings. I consider this one a breeding plant. it has been very useful to me for breeding for rust resistance as well as saturated anthocyanic flower color. As you can see in the pictures below, it tends to show very thick texture and very good rain resistance. It doesn't tend to melt or to get beaten to tissue by heavy rain - both quite notable on a flower this saturated.