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■(TB) 'Caprice'

1893, Vilmorin

'Caprice' (Vilmorin, 1893). TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class R7M.
Registered as an IB, now considered a TB.

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Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1907, 4e série, Tome VIII, p. 283; 1922, Tome XXIII, p. 215; note: listed as introduced in 1898.
Vilmorin-Andrieu & Cie, catalogue de plantes 1918, p. 47.
Peckham, E. (Ed.). (1940). Alphabetical iris check list: 1939, (pp. 78, 148, 150). The American Iris Society.
From Wing Seed catalog, 1919: CAPRICE- (Sq.) Semi-early. Very vigorous. Very large flowers of dark violet-rose. Coloring very distinct. Twenty-four inches. 50c.
Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society. Vol. 53: Pt.1, 116-160. Jan. 1928, Trials.
From Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1930: CAPRICE (Vilmorin, 1904). Rosy red purple flowers with falls slightly deeper than standards; beard bluish white. Flowers of good form; dependable bloomer. Vigorous. Has an odor of grape Juice. Two feet. Late flowering $0.25.


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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-- BetsyHiggins - 2011-12-12

  • Caprice is a very vigorous increaser. Midseason bloom (peak May 31, 2015 in CO, zone 5). A clump of this will fill the garden with grape scent. Typical is 3-4 branches, 3 terminal buds, 2 buds on other branches. No purple base foliage. -- DebraScott - 2015-05-31
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Caprice01.jpgjpg Caprice01.jpg manage 369 K 09 Apr 2017 - 15:17 UnknownUser Photo by Damon Gardens
Caprice12BHI.jpgjpg Caprice12BHI.jpg manage 67 K 15 Apr 2012 - 14:32 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Caprice_fl.jpgjpg Caprice_fl.jpg manage 220 K 21 Nov 2013 - 13:50 Main.Betsy881
caprice01.jpgjpg caprice01.jpg manage 105 K 07 Feb 2017 - 16:42 UnknownUser Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
caprice03.jpgjpg caprice03.jpg manage 148 K 01 May 2017 - 14:38 UnknownUser Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
caprice3.jpgjpg caprice3.jpg manage 35 K 13 Sep 2013 - 20:00 UnknownUser Photo by Mike Unser
caprice6.jpgjpg caprice6.jpg manage 70 K 31 Jan 2019 - 14:47 UnknownUser Photo by Old House Gardens.
capriceIC.jpgjpg capriceIC.jpg manage 18 K 12 Dec 2011 - 23:03 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Iris City Gardens
iris-LMHI-16-wm_L1220427.jpgjpg iris-LMHI-16-wm_L1220427.jpg manage 647 K 31 May 2015 - 18:06 Main.newdaygardens Caprice
iris-LMHI-16-wm_L1220486.jpgjpg iris-LMHI-16-wm_L1220486.jpg manage 777 K 31 May 2015 - 18:07 Main.newdaygardens Caprice
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