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■(TB) 'Olympic Torch'

Schreiner, 1958

'Olympic Torch' (Robert Schreiner, R. 1956) Seedling# L-331-D. TB, 38" (97 cm). Midseason bloom. Light golden-bronze self. 'Inca Chief' x Seedling# H-92-A: (Schreiner seedling# 49-46 x 'Watchfire'). Schreiner 1958. Honorable Mention 1958; Judges' Choice 1959; Award of Merit 1960.

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Olympic Torch from SchreinerOlympic Torch flPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto scanned from the 1971 Gilbert H. Wild   Son catalogue by Terry LaurinPhoto scanned from the 1965 CooleyPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto by Alain Chapelle-France


OLYMPIC TORCH is light golden bronze, glowing with iridescent little fires. Ruffled, broad-petaled flowers, with cupped standards and flaring falls, are carried on tall, well-balanced stalks. The good height and branching are no happy accident, but are the result of methodical planning that stretches back over the years. This iris comes from Schreiner's H 92-A X INCA CHIEF. H 92-A is (( PRAIRIE SUNSET X AUBANEL) X BRYCE CANYON) X WATCHFIRE. WATCHFIRE, introduced by Jean Stevens in 1948, was characterized by its splendid height and better than usual branching, qualities which have been passed on to its famous grandchild. To the neophite, the progress which can be measured by the introduction of an iris like OLYMPIC TORCH may not be so obvious; perhaps, only those who have grown (and loved, in their time) NYLON, LAMPLIGHT, CASA MORENA, SUNSET BLAZE, etc., etc., can appreciate the tremendous forward step its creation represents. Mrs. J. R. Hamblen, “Drama of Progress”, A.I.S. Bulletin 161 (April 1961): 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.

-- BobPries - 2011-03-07

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-- KentPfeiffer - 2010-11-02
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Olympic Torch TB, 1966 Schreiners.pngpng Olympic Torch TB, 1966 Schreiners.png manage 850 K 14 Oct 2022 - 22:54 EdenSprings Olympic Torch from Schreiner's 1966 catalog.
OlympicTorch01.JPGJPG OlympicTorch01.JPG manage 69 K 02 Dec 2014 - 20:35 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
OlympicTorch02.JPGJPG OlympicTorch02.JPG manage 68 K 25 Aug 2021 - 19:09 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
OlympicTorch12BHI.jpgjpg OlympicTorch12BHI.jpg manage 68 K 27 Apr 2012 - 22:12 BetsyHiggins Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Olympic_Torch_fl.jpgjpg Olympic_Torch_fl.jpg manage 73 K 18 Feb 2011 - 18:30 IrisP  
olympictorch01.JPGJPG olympictorch01.JPG manage 92 K 25 Apr 2020 - 20:33 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1971 Gilbert H. Wild & Son catalogue by Terry Laurin
olympictorch02.JPGJPG olympictorch02.JPG manage 224 K 19 Jan 2021 - 03:03 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1965 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
olympictorch4.jpgjpg olympictorch4.jpg manage 76 K 13 Nov 2013 - 03:27 TerryLaurin Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
Topic revision: r28 - 14 Oct 2022, EdenSprings
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