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■(TB) 'Orchid Brocade'

1965, Rudolph

'Orchid Brocade' (Nate Rudolph, R. 1963). Seedling# 59-56. TB, 35" (89 cm), Late bloom. Color Class-V3, Orchid-pink bitone, tan haft; white-tipped beard. 'Orchid Gem' X (seedling# 53-23 x 'May Hall'). Moldovan 1965. Honorable Mention 1966; Award of Merit 1968.

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From AIS Bulletin #177, April 1965. Introducing ORCHID BROCADE (Rudolph) EM 36" $25.00 net. Sdlg. 59-56 (Orchid Gem x half sib to Moon Crest and Pink Ice). The heaviest substanced, widest hafted flower we have seen in an iris. Well-formed and ruffled orchid-rose with a smooth flush of beige on the falls. Sports a lush tangerine beard. Strong grower and well-branched. HC '61. Moldovan's Gardens.
ORCHID BROCADE (Rudolph '65). "Despite an attraction for several varieties in this color grouping, this huge orchid-blended rose and beige could just be my favorite variety here. Extreme width of falls is noted here, with an extra wide tangerine beard and the heaviest substance I have seen in an iris. A fine stem always showing three flowers at once that last for days. Its only noted fault—can lag behind in growth in the spring due to severe winters." [Roger R. Nelson (Wayne, Nebraska), “An Extra Dimension”. The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 196, (January 1970): 8.]
ORCHID BROCADE (Rudolph) had two stalks bloomed out, one on its last flower, and two more carrying two to three open flowers at this date, June 6. It is in the color range of MARY RANDALL but more of a mulberry-rose, and here again we have that lighter orchid area below the tangerine beard. The tips of the falls have a nice lilt at each side. This flower is nicely ruffled, wide of parts, quite atb'active; seven to eight flowers per stalk; foliage was quite short compared to others in the same bed; blooms were well above the tops of the leaves. [Roberts, Earl (1964). Taped Commentary on Fay Garden, American Iris Society Bulletin 174/(July 1964), 49.]
ORCHID BROCADE (Rudolph '65) A big flower of superb substance and most excellent form, this orchid-rose blend is very beautiful. The brilliant beard lends a desirable accent of high color. All in all a most exciting and very worth while iris. Would appear to be a very fine performer. [Ralph and Helen Lewis, “Iris from the Carolinas to Iowa and Ohio,” Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 179 (October 1965): 89.]

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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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Topic revision: r19 - 22 May 2024, dougchyz
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