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■(TB) 'Iris King'

1907, Goos & Koenemann

'Iris King' ( Max Goos and August Koenemann, 1907). TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class-Y9M. 'Dalmatica' x 'Maori King'. Perry 1907; Van Tubergen 1909; Farr 1912; Francis 1920; Ware 1920; Sheets 1928; Gardeners' Chronicles 3rd. ser. 85: 2. 5 January 1929, illustrated in color.

Note: Registered as IB, now considered TB.

See below:

Image from (American) Country Life; June 1919.Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS websitePhoto by Eleanor Hutchison, near Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada,Z3Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.


From Wing Seed catalog, 1919: IRIS KING — (Var.) A beautiful new Iris, a cross between Pallida Dalmatica and Maori King. Plant tall and strong, flowers large. S. old gold; F. very broad, rich velvety crimson bordered gold. 50¢
From Movilla Gardens catalog, 1921: IRIS KING. (Goos & Koenemann 1907.) A. M., R. H. S. 1916. S. clear lemon-yellow; F. rich maroon, bordered yellow. Brilliant colors. Large flowers. Very fine.
From H. P. Simpson catalog, 1922: IRIS KING (G. & K., ,1907) — S. rich yellow shaded fawn; F. rich maroon with yellow beard. Fine coloring and a handsome iris, but not large, even though some growers describe it as such. A little overpraised by some. About 26 inches. 35¢
From Bonnewitz catalog, 1923/24: IRIS KING (Goos & Koenemann) $0.50. This is an old standard variety of great excellence, and it is included here for the benefit of beginners in Iris culture. Its standards are tan and its falls are a good shade of red purple. All Iris gardens should contain Iris King, Rhein Nixe, and Pallida Dalmatica, for our Iris education must include the knowledge of these three varieties. You will probably find them listed at twenty-five cents each in some grower’s catalogs and if you believe that grower to be reliable, with a reputation for keeping his Irises true to name, give him the order. You may find that on some other varieties my prices are higher than other reliable growers, and in such instances you will, of course, give the other reliable grower the preference.
From Indian Spring Farm catalog, 1927: IRIS KING (Goos &. Koenemann 1907) 7.9. A large, well-formed flower of very rich coloring. S. buff-yellow, arching; F. very broad and flaring, velvety garnet-brown, shaded oxblood-red and bordered with yellow; haft yellow. Moderate grower, with high-branched stalks. 24 inches. This grand Iris, though not highly rated, is included in the list of almost every Iris authority as the best of its color type. 35 cts. each; 85 cts. for 3; $3.00 per doz.


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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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Iris King, 1919.jpgjpg Iris King, 1919.jpg manage 93 K 06 Feb 2024 - 23:15 EdenSprings Image from (American) Country Life; June 1919.
Iris_King-tb.jpgjpg Iris_King-tb.jpg manage 23 K 24 Jun 2012 - 09:34 AlainFranco Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Iriskoenig_fl.JPGJPG Iriskoenig_fl.JPG manage 218 K 17 Nov 2013 - 08:40 IrisP
irisking01.jpgjpg irisking01.jpg manage 246 K 07 Jul 2019 - 21:32 TerryLaurin Photo by Eleanor Hutchison, near Winnipeg, Manitoba,Canada,Z3
irisking1.JPGJPG irisking1.JPG manage 643 K 03 Aug 2018 - 22:16 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
irisking2.JPGJPG irisking2.JPG manage 703 K 03 Aug 2018 - 22:18 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
Topic revision: r20 - 07 Feb 2024, Harloiris
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