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■TB) 'Grandma's Springdress'

1971, Niswonger

'Grandma's Springdress' (O. David Niswonger, R. 1969). Seedling# 6-67. TB, 34" (86 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class V1Lcm. Lilac self with golden to amber hafts, fine edging same color as hafts on ruffled falls; deep yellow beard. 8-61 ('New Snow' x 'Chantilly') x (('Spanish Peaks') x ('Chantilly' x 'Spindrift')) X 'Rippling Waters'. Niswonger 1971. High Commendation 1970; Honorable Mention 1972.

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Photo by HIPS ArchivesPhoto scanned from the A.H. Fischer slide collection


From AIS Bulletin #201 April 1971 Introducing GRANDMA'S SPRINGDRESS Sdlg. 6-67: (Sdlg. 18-61: (New Snow x Chantilly) x (Spanish Peaks x (Chantilly x Spindrift) X Rippling Waters, V1Lcm, M, TB, 34" HC '70. Fertile both ways. The name came from a suggestion by Frau Gabler, Hanover, Germany. She said the color reminded her of Herr Victor von Martin's OMA'S SOMMERKLEID. She explained that Herr Martin used the name because of the fact that in the olden days in Germany the women wore black dresses in winter and lavender dresses in the summer. I wrote Herr Martin and found that his iris had been registered in America so I couldn't use 'Summerdress'. The flower does remind one of a dress, a lavender one, with amber hafts and self beard which could represent a golden belt with golden pockets to match and touched off WIth a fine golden edging around the border (around the falls). This is one that would be recognized in any garden. $25.00. Cape Iris Gardens.


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 - 2011-03-07

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Topic revision: r13 - 16 Nov 2023, Harloiris
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