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■(TB) 'Céleste'

1855, Lémon

'Céleste' (Jean-Nicolas Lémon, 1855). TB, Midseason bloom, Color code B1L. Sweet fragrance. High Commendation (R.H.S.) 1903, shown by Barr; High Commendation (R.H.S.) 1916.

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From Cornell Bulletin 112: "Color effect a delicate azure-blue self. Standards pallid blue-violet. falls pallid bluish violet, lighter along the whitish, yellow-tipped beard. The surface texture of the standards is crumpled, while that of the falls is slightly cockled. This plant is especially useful for its cool blue color and mass produced by the numerous smallish flowers. Its vigorous growth, well-borne flowers, and soft color continue to make it a favorite. Rating 71"
From Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1930: "CELESTE (Lemon, 1855). Flowers of clear azure blue with suggestions of clean white throughout. Open flowers carried gracefully on thirty-inch stems - $0.25."
From Lovett's Nursery, Spring wholesale trade list: 1944: "H. Cramer*, Celestial blue. $0.70 per 10, $5.00 per 100." *Syn. for 'CELESTE'; Spring wholesale trade list 1944
Peckham, E. (Ed.). (1940). Alphabetical iris check list: 1939. The American Iris Society.


Caelestina, Coeleste, Coelstin (Floy 1852), Coelestina, Coelestis (Lémon 1855; Verd. 1858), Edna (B & A), Halleneriana* (Buster, n.d.; Wing, n.d.; Gillot 1928; Tur 1921), H. Cramer (J.T. Lovett 1944), Lady Frances, Pallida Celeste, Pulcherrima.

Nursery Listings

Van H. 1864; F. & P. 1884; Macoun (n.d.); Far 1912; Wing 1920; Tur. 1921; Gillot 1928; Long. 1930; Berry 1938; Kat. 1939; * J. T. Lovett 1944; Buster


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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-- Main.RPries - 2010-11-12
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Celeste.JPGJPG Celeste.JPG manage 67 K 31 Jan 2011 - 18:18 IrisP  
Celeste.jpgjpg Celeste.jpg manage 11 K 12 Nov 2010 - 23:27 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Celeste01.JPGJPG Celeste01.JPG manage 62 K 10 Dec 2014 - 20:40 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Celeste02.JPGJPG Celeste02.JPG manage 103 K 13 Aug 2021 - 12:28 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
celeste01.JPGJPG celeste01.JPG manage 405 K 03 May 2018 - 21:09 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
celeste02.JPGJPG celeste02.JPG manage 424 K 03 May 2018 - 21:11 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
celeste03.JPGJPG celeste03.JPG manage 139 K 10 Jun 2020 - 01:42 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
celeste04.JPGJPG celeste04.JPG manage 125 K 10 Jun 2020 - 01:42 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
celeste05.JPGJPG celeste05.JPG manage 136 K 22 Dec 2021 - 20:53 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
celeste1-16.jpgjpg celeste1-16.jpg manage 87 K 12 Jun 2016 - 01:01 Main.mikeu Photo taken at Presby Memorial Iris Gardens by Mike Unser
Topic revision: r29 - 19 Nov 2022, af.83
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