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■(TB) 'Mussolini'

1932, Dykes

'Mussolini' (Katherine Dykes, 1932) TB, Midseason bloom, Color Class-R3M. Silver Medal London Show 1940.

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Susan Flow 2022photo by Mike UnserPhoto by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek GardenPhoto by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden


From Fairmount Gardens catalog, 1938: MUSSOLINI (Dykes) The falls are rich clark velvety blue, the standards a lighter shade. One of the last dark-blue irises to bloom. Silver Medal London Show. 40 in. $2.50.


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 - 2011-03-07

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-- BobPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Mussolini resized.JPGJPG Mussolini resized.JPG manage 271 K 01 Dec 2022 - 15:49 SusanAFlow Susan Flow 2022
mussolini-jb.jpgjpg mussolini-jb.jpg manage 55 K 22 Feb 2013 - 00:50 Main.Harloiris photo by Mike Unser
mussolini9.JPGJPG mussolini9.JPG manage 169 K 10 May 2023 - 20:00 TerryLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
mussolini90.jpgjpg mussolini90.jpg manage 125 K 10 May 2023 - 20:00 TerryLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
Topic revision: r18 - 06 Jul 2023, TerryLaurin
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