■(TB) 'New Moon'
, R. 1968). Seedling# 131-62. TB, height 36" (91 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-Y1F, Lemon yellow self; lemon beard. 'Moon River'
X 'New Frontier'
. Sexton 1968. High Commendation 1966; Judges Choice 1969; Honorable Mention 1969; Award of Merit 1971; American Dykes Medal 1973
| NEW MOON (Sexton '68). "As viewed and studied for two years, the premio thing to date in yellows. This has so very much going for it that a serious fault cannot be listed to date. Huge, beautifully formed flowers of bright, clear medium yellow in a complete self. Substance, vigor, and stem are unchallenged and further the very longest season of bloom with each flower lasting three days or more. A giant leap forward in yellows." [Roger R. Nelson (Wayne, Nebraska), “An Extra Dimension” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 196, (January 1970): 8.]
| Other references: AIS Bulletin #216, January 1975, page 12.
| NEW MOON just may have more good qualities than any other iris now available. The yellow flowers are smooth; displayed on tall, excellently branched stalks; and there are many well-timed buds. Usually there will be three open flowers at one time, with an established clump having several possible show stalks. This has all a Dykes winner needs, so watch the voting in the future. [Mullin, Ron (1971). Irises I Like, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 10.]
| NEW MOON (Sexton '68). Big lemon yellow self with matching beard. Heavy ruffling and thick substance which stands the sun. Consistent show quality branching and placement. An eye-catcher both in the garden and on the show bench. [Sexton, Don (1972). Varietal Comments, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 25.]
| NEW MOON (Sexton)-The famous yellow Dykes Medal winner, but will prove itself to be even more important as a breeder, as it has already produced hundreds of introductions, and in nearly every color range. NEW MOON does have faults. It is tender in harsh winters and sometimes prone to rot. Branching is inconsistent-the very best Queen of Show or very bad. Still, a worthy variety for the beginner. [Perry Dyer, “A Tall bearded Collection for the Beginner”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 237 (April 1980): 36.]
| Historic Iris Preservation Society link.
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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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