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■(TB) 'El Capitan'


1926, Mohr-Mitchel

'El Capitan' ( William Mohr- Sydney B. Mitchell 1926). R., 1925. TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-B3M. 'Oriflamme' x I. mesopotamica . Salbach 1926, Indian Springs 1926.

Awards: Honorable Mention 1925.

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From Carl Salbach catalog, 1926: EL CAPITAN. When exhibited at the Iris Show at the Universityof California last season, this noble Oriflamme X Mesopotamica seedling was given an Award of Merit on a rating of 95 points. Saved from nearly 450 seedlings of this parentage, the only one to be named, though many were fine, it has stood out among the manganese-violet bicolors as being of the best substance and largest size. These majestic flowers with flaring falls have the added advantage of a very extended season of bloom. Tall and vigorous in growth. One of the most conspicuous plants in the garden. Stock limited. $10.00.
From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: EL CAPITAN (Mohr 1926). A majestic manganese-violet bicolor with wide, flaring falls. It has an extended season of bloom. Tall and vigorous in growth, it is one of the most conspicuous plants in the garden. An Oriflamme X Mesopotamica Seedling that has been rated 9.5 and given an Award of Merit at a University of California show.$7.50 each.
From Graham, 1932: EL CAPITAN (Mohr, 1922)-A violet blue with F somewhat deeper, orange beard, sweet scented, very large. 75cents.
From Milliken, 1934: EL CAPITAN (Mohr), One of the largest flowered irises we grow and an outstanding variety, violet in color. Recommended for California.
From Home Garden, 1936: EL CAPITAN. Violet. shading darker. very large, 40 in. .50 cents
From Salbach catalog, 1937: One of the largest iris grown, supreme in its color class, graceful and well proportioned, this magnificent giant is an iris of dignity and grandeur. Striking for garden effect, and each of the candelabrum type stalks carry a large number of the immense blooms, giving it signal value as a cut flower. No garden should be without this most outstanding long-blooming, light violet blue iris. A sell-out for the past two seasons, so early ordering is advisable this season. H.M., AIS, 1929 [1925]. Early. Mid-season. 38 inches.
From Over the Garden Wall, 1940: EL CAPITAN Soft lavender blue, excellent. 40"
From The Iris News (Katkamier) 1940: El Capitan - Manganese violet. Flaring falls. Fragrant. Noble. 19 cents
From Jardin des Iris 1946: EL CAPITAN - 40 in. A sweetly fragrant lavender-blue iris of great size. .30


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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