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■(TB) 'Inca Chief'

1952, Mitsch

'Inca Chief' (Grant Mitsch, R. 1952). TB, 32" (81 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-Y1D, Mustard-tan self of vibrant tone. 'Mexico' x 'Tobacco Road'. Schreiner 1952. Honorable Mention 1952, Judge's Joice 1953; Award of Merit 1954.

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From Schreiner’s Iris catalog, 1952: INCA CHIEF (Mitsch 1952) ML. 35". It is not often that a celebrated cross is repeated by a second hybridizer and a seedling raised that excels the earlier progeny of the cross. But that is just what has happened in this case. A providential juxtaposition of the genes from the varieties Mexico and Tobacco Road has produced an Iris both larger and more vivid than Good News yet with the softer tonal qualities of Cascade Splendor. In size Inca Chief is spectacular! It is one of the largest Iris in our fields. In color it is really vibrant--a brilliant, lustrous, burnished golden bronze, evenly colored throughout. The perfect proportion of the bloom, the gentle ruffling, the regal carriage, the immense size and magnificent coloring make this easilv one of the outstanding Iris of the year. Pictured on page 8. $20.00.
"Inca Chief (Mitsch '52)-Very large flowers of burnished golden bronze, slight ruffling, nicely branched, but stalk a bit short for the size of the blooms. As a rule our sun fades this color very badly, but this iris does not fade." “Region 15, Varietal Comments,” Advertisement. The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 134 (July 1954): 72.
RUSSET WINGS, PRETTY QUADROON (which I preferred to Dykes Medal winner, ARGUS PHEASANT and other brown-toned iris soon made their appearance, bringing a spicy richness to the iris planting. But, it was the introduction of INCA CHIEF, by Grant Mitsch in 1952, that heralded a new era in the development of the browns. INCA CHIEF-vibrant and lustrous, bright as a new penny-introduced running and great substance into this field. With large, beautifully formed blossoms, its one fault was proportionate height and branching; a trait that can be bred out by careful selection of prospective mates, as witness, OLYMPIC TORCH, introduced by the Schreiners in 1958 and bloomed in spectacular splendor at the New York Convention. Mrs. J. R. Hamblen, "Drama of Progress", A.I.S. Bulletin 161 (April 1961): 10-11.


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.

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-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Inca Chief Sch. cat.jpgjpg Inca Chief Sch. cat.jpg manage 106 K 28 Nov 2017 - 15:53 BobPries From Schreiners 1952 catalog
IncaChief11.JPGJPG IncaChief11.JPG manage 76 K 19 Aug 2021 - 22:25 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
IncaChief12BHI.jpgjpg IncaChief12BHI.jpg manage 78 K 21 Apr 2012 - 20:12 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
IncaChiefBHI.JPGJPG IncaChiefBHI.JPG manage 404 K 18 Nov 2011 - 21:42 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
inca_chief_fl.jpgjpg inca_chief_fl.jpg manage 66 K 25 Jan 2012 - 19:24 IrisP  
incachief01.JPGJPG incachief01.JPG manage 52 K 01 Dec 2014 - 19:05 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
incachief02.JPGJPG incachief02.JPG manage 46 K 14 May 2014 - 01:18 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
incachief03.JPGJPG incachief03.JPG manage 65 K 14 May 2014 - 01:19 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
incachief04.JPGJPG incachief04.JPG manage 55 K 01 Dec 2014 - 19:06 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
incachief05.jpgjpg incachief05.jpg manage 33 K 21 Dec 2014 - 17:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
incachief05bh.jpgjpg incachief05bh.jpg manage 21 K 26 Nov 2017 - 21:28 Main.Betsy881 Detail of Exline Garden photo
incachief06.JPGJPG incachief06.JPG manage 92 K 29 Mar 2019 - 18:04 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
incachief07.JPGJPG incachief07.JPG manage 851 K 06 Apr 2019 - 13:11 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
incachief1.JPGJPG incachief1.JPG manage 311 K 27 Apr 2017 - 21:55 Main.TLaurin Photo by Wisconsin Iris Society
incachief9.JPGJPG incachief9.JPG manage 165 K 28 Jun 2023 - 20:22 Main.TLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
Topic revision: r27 - 01 Jul 2023, Harloiris
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