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■(TB) 'Buffawn'

1940, Andrews

'Buffawn' (Darwin Andrews, R. 1940). TB, Early midseason bloom. Color Class S7L. Rockmont 1940; R., 1940.

Additional nursery listings: Cooley 1945.

See below:


Awaiting original catalog description
From Cooley's, 1945: BUFFAWN (Andrews). If you are looking for an iris of unusual coloring and with the most brilliant tangerine beard, this is it. A soft pinkish buff self, hard to describe, set off with a very red-orange beard. Nicely shaped, prolific blooming and attracts wide attention. Each $1.50; 3 for $4.00.
From Western Gardens catalog, 1948: BUFFAWN (Andrews, 1940). M. 34" Buff and fawn- as the name implies. The light tan frilled standards are companion to similarly colored falls, the latter overlaid smoky lavender. A red-orange beard is predominant and adds a bright spot of color. 75c.
Dreer's 1949 catalog, page 21 notes "Buffawn. 3 ft. Pronounced flaring blooms of light tan color with pinkish glow; prominent red-orange beard. 75c each; .3 for $2.00; $7.00 per doz."
From the Schreiner's 1950 catalog: An unusual coloring, buff-fawn with a brilliant tangerine beard. Pronounced flaring blooms carrying in the garden as shrimp to salmon-buff with prominent orange beard. 34 inches


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.

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-- Main.RPries - 2010-11-12
  • I moved into my mother in law's house after she died, and these are in the iris bed. They have a purple foliage base, and appear exactly as described above. A photo never really shows the contrast between the light loloromg of the petals compared to the brilliant orabge of the beard. I am in Salem, VA and the first bloom opened today, with several more on each stalk. -- WikiGuest - 03 May 2022
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Buffawn.JPGJPG Buffawn.JPG manage 64 K 31 Jan 2011 - 15:37 IrisP  
Buffawn.jpgjpg Buffawn.jpg manage 20 K 12 Nov 2010 - 22:45 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
buffawn-jb.jpgjpg buffawn-jb.jpg manage 16 K 14 Feb 2013 - 21:52 Main.Harloiris photo courtesy Mike Unser
buffawn01.JPGJPG buffawn01.JPG manage 638 K 02 May 2018 - 19:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
buffawn02.JPGJPG buffawn02.JPG manage 461 K 02 May 2018 - 19:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
buffawn1-08.jpgjpg buffawn1-08.jpg manage 58 K 29 Nov 2015 - 20:21 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
buffawn2-07.jpgjpg buffawn2-07.jpg manage 51 K 29 Nov 2015 - 20:21 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
Topic revision: r18 - 04 May 2022, Harloiris
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