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■(TB) 'Butterfly Blue'

1952, Fay

'Butterfly Blue' (Orville Fay, R. 1952) TB, 36" (91 cm), Late bloom. Medium light blue (butterfly, Wilson 645/1); pale-yellow beard. Fay seedling # 47-34: (seedling # 44-44 x 'Great Lakes') X 'Cahokia'. Fay 1952. Honorable Mention 1953.

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From Fay catalog, 1956: Butterfly Blue $6.00 (1952) No. 49-24 [No. 47-34 X Cahokia]. A clear light blue self with a pale lemon beard and a frosted finish. There are no haft markings. Flowers are semi-flaring and nicely ruffled. The 40-inch stem is strong and well branched. Late bloomer; winter hardy; good increaser. H.M. 1953.
From Iris Test Garden catalog, 1958: BUTTERFLY BLUE. (Fay 1952). M. L. 36 inches. Conspicuous fluting marks this fresh toned light blue. A seedling of Cahokia and Helen McGregor, it displays a fine heritage of height, branching, substance and stem. About as near cerulean as Helen McGregor but taller. Butterfly Blue sparkles as if covered with hoar frost. $2.25.


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 - 21 Apr 2019

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Topic revision: r15 - 02 Aug 2022, EdenSprings
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