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■(BB) 'Benedictine'

2015, Smith

'Benedictine' (Marky Smith, R. 2012). Seedling #09-18A. BB, 24 (61 cm). Early midseason bloom. Standards silky dark bishop’s purple (RHS 83A); style arm ribs and crest same as standards, sides greyer; falls velvet black (202A), cream feathers around top 2/3 of beards; beards large, fuzzy yellow-orange (17A); slight spicy fragrance; some ruffles. Seedling #04-38A: ('Jump Start' x 'Fiery Temper') X 'Lady of the Night'. Salmon Creek 2015. Honorable Mention 2018.

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Photo by AitkenPhoto by Carl Boro taken at 2015 AIS ConventionPhoto by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris GardensPhoto by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris GardensPhoto by Riversdale Irises-Australia.Photo by Smokin Heights-AustraliaPhoto by Smokin Heights-AustraliaPhoto by A. childress


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Quick Summary of Cultural Directions

Hardiness Zones 4-8 for most varieties, Some cultivars tolerate colder, others tolerate warmer zones (please comment in comment box with your location if this cultivar grows well in zone 3, 4, 9, or 10.)
Exposure Prefers full sun for optimal performance, may still bloom in half-day shade
Water: Prefers well drained good garden soil, Tolerant of dry conditions in established plants, Intolerant of swampy conditions.
PH Prefers Neutral to basic solis 6.1 to 8.5, quite toleranr of more extreme conditions
Fertilizer Prefers rich conditions on relatively inorganic soils.

-- BobPries - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
benedictine01.jpgjpg benedictine01.jpg manage 58 K 19 Mar 2015 - 00:07 TerryLaurin Photo by Aitken's Salmon Creek Garden
benedictine02.jpgjpg benedictine02.jpg manage 57 K 04 Aug 2015 - 02:29 TerryLaurin Photo by Carl Boro taken at 2015 AIS Convention
benedictine08.jpgjpg benedictine08.jpg manage 110 K 04 Jun 2020 - 01:39 TerryLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
benedictine09.jpgjpg benedictine09.jpg manage 133 K 04 Jun 2020 - 01:37 TerryLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
benedictine1.jpgjpg benedictine1.jpg manage 51 K 12 Sep 2019 - 02:31 TerryLaurin Photo by Riversdale Irises-Australia.
benedictine5.jpgjpg benedictine5.jpg manage 177 K 19 Jul 2023 - 15:38 TerryLaurin Photo by Smokin Heights-Australia
benedictine50.JPGJPG benedictine50.JPG manage 126 K 09 Nov 2023 - 14:03 TerryLaurin Photo by Smokin Heights-Australia
Topic revision: r16 - 09 Nov 2023, TerryLaurin
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