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■(TB) 'Edouard Michel'

1904, Verdier

'Edouard Michel' (Eugène Verdier, 1904) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class R7D. The Garden, 21 June 1919

See below:


Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1905, 4e série, Tome VI, p. 374.
Vilmorin-Andrieux & Cie, catalogue de plantes 1918, p. 47.
Nursery listings: Vilm. 1904; Wing 1919; 1920; Whit. 1921; Sim. 1923; Camp. 1924; Sheets 1928; Berry 1938; Bun. 1938; Forbes 1938; Bommers 1939.
From Campos Altos Iris Garden catalog, 1924: Edouard Michel. (Verdier). A.I.S. Symposium rating: 86 — A large ruffled flower of red purple, the tallest and best in its color class. Grows vigorously in California, though sometimes reported as weak in colder climates. 3 ft. Each, $1.00.
From Wing Seed catalog, 1919: "EDOUARD MICHEL— A splendid Iris, noble and striking. Tall spikes of flowers of splendid shape, large and well opened, self-colored intense purple-violet. S. broad and frilled, somewhat spreading as with the Japanese Iris; F. of great width. Semi-early. Thirty-two inches. $1.60."
From G. G. Whitelegg catalog, 1921: "EDOUARD MICHEL (Verdier), A.M. R.H.S. A grand Iris of imposing appearance, tall spikes with flowers finely held and of splendid shape; the standards broad and frilled, the falls of great width; self-coloured flowers of a distinct deep wine-red. One of the finest varieties in cultivation."
From H. P. Simpson catalog, 1923: "EDOUARD MICHEL (Verdier, 1904) — Self-colored large flower of a deep wine-red color, the deepest of all the pinks. A grand iris and of imposing effect. Tall stems and blooms finely held. 30-36 inch. Starred variety. Price $1.25 and $1.50."


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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