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■(TB) 'Chief Illini'

1975, Varner

'Chief Illini' (Steve Varner, R. 1974). Seedling# 930. TB, 34" (87 cm). Early midseason bloom. Standards red; falls rose red, fluted; light orange-brown beard. Seedling# 655: ((Branch seedling# 54-139 x Scharff seedling# 81 red) x 'Royal Ruby' sibling) X seedling# 5186. Illini Iris 1975. Honorable Mention 1977.

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Photo by Exline Iris GardenPhoto by Don McQueen-taken at Royal Botanical Garden-Hamilton-Ontario-CanadaPhoto by Exline Iris Garden


From AIS Bulletin #217 April 1975 Introducing CHIEF ILLINI. Sdlg. 930. 34", EM. (Red sdlgs.: 655 X 5186). Stds. red; Falls fluted, flared rose-red; light orange-brown beard. Seven smooth and velvety flowers well displayed on sturdy three-branched stalk. Net $25.00. Illini Iris.


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 - 2010-11-04
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ChiefIlliniEI.jpgjpg ChiefIlliniEI.jpg manage 22 K 10 Dec 2012 - 15:45 BetsyHiggins Photo by Exline Iris Garden
chief01.jpgjpg chief01.jpg manage 80 K 05 Jun 2015 - 02:18 TerryLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
chiefillini02.JPGJPG chiefillini02.JPG manage 65 K 07 May 2014 - 19:16 TerryLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-taken at Royal Botanical Garden-Hamilton-Ontario-Canada
Topic revision: r12 - 25 Jul 2023, Harloiris
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