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■(TB) 'Prairie Sunset'

1939, Sass

'Prairie Sunset' (Hans Peter Sass, R. 1936) TB , Midseason to late bloom. Color Class-S9L. Apricot, rose pink, and copper blend. 'Sandalwood' X 'Amitola'. Sass 1939. Honorable Mention 1937; Award of Merit 1941; American Dykes Medal 1943.

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From Carl Salbach catalog 1940: PRAIRIE SUNSET (H. P. Sass 1939). Practically all the iris experts consider Prairie Sunset the finest of all irises. We were privileged to purchase a rhizome in 1938, for which we paid $100, and are glad indeed that we now have a few roots to offer our customers. The very day the members of the American Iris Society were here as our guests last May, Prairie Sunset came into bloom, and was the subject of much admiration and praise. A magnificent iris, appropriately named, for it has a combination of colors that remind one of glowing sunset. A blending of pink, apricot and gold, with a glow that makes it bright and rich. An eastern authority, whose judgment we highly respect, says: "This is the finest color I have seen in an iris." In addition to its glorious color, Prairie Sunset possesses all of the other good qualities of a top ranking iris. Mid-season. 30". $30.00.
From Sass catalog, 1948: PRAIRIE SUNSET (Hans Sass, 1939)- Flowers large and of heavy substance. Color as to Ridgeway Onion Skin Pink and Vinaceous Tawny, with some lustre added. 36-ineh stems, fair branching. (Dykes Medal, 1943). $1.50
PRAIRIE SUNSET - Our next visit, some ten days later, took us straight to Midwest Gardens for a call on Prairie Sunset. I wondered whether I should recognize it after a year had passed, but though it stood in another place among many seedlings, there was no mistaking it. It still held its own-tops over all. It was close to forty inches-not quite so tall as last year. At that time I had examined it most painstakingly and made careful notes. There was, I recall, a very faint line of purple at the edge of the standards and a greenish tinge to the midrib. Neither of those points was visible this year. The flower was a smooth, satiny shining gold with a pinkish flush, but very little pink. If it were not for the shining quality the color might be a little dull, but it is pure gold-not tan. The appearance of heavy substance gives its look of superiority. Lucy W. Tinley, "Midwest Iris Notes", A.I.S. Bulletin 75 (December 1939): 18.


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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-- KentPfeiffer - 2010-06-06
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
PrairieSunset01.JPGJPG PrairieSunset01.JPG manage 107 K 04 Dec 2014 - 04:14 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
PrairieSunset010.JPGJPG PrairieSunset010.JPG manage 98 K 28 Aug 2021 - 22:41 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
PrairieSunset02.JPEGJPEG PrairieSunset02.JPEG manage 15 K 10 May 2014 - 14:28 Main.TLaurin Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
PrairieSunset03.JPGJPG PrairieSunset03.JPG manage 121 K 27 Dec 2016 - 20:59 Main.TLaurin Photo by Elizabeth Rieniets
PrairieSunsetSass39.JPGJPG PrairieSunsetSass39.JPG manage 65 K 06 Jun 2010 - 23:20 KentPfeiffer Picture taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska
PrairieSunsetakpa.JPGJPG PrairieSunsetakpa.JPG manage 44 K 24 Dec 2012 - 21:02 KentPfeiffer Taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska on May 4, 2012
PrairieSunsetkp.JPGJPG PrairieSunsetkp.JPG manage 46 K 12 Jan 2011 - 20:34 KentPfeiffer Taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska on May 17, 2010
Prairie_Sunset_2.jpgjpg Prairie_Sunset_2.jpg manage 335 K 25 Jan 2014 - 21:00 Main.Rebelsher Prairie Sunset Tall Bearded Iris Photo ©2013 Sherry Harris (Hi Desert Iris & Daylily Society)
Prarie01.jpgjpg Prarie01.jpg manage 103 K 25 Mar 2015 - 14:31 Main.TLaurin Photo by Paul Black
Prarie__Sunset.jpgjpg Prarie__Sunset.jpg manage 320 K 25 Jan 2014 - 20:59 Main.Rebelsher Prairie Sunset Tall Bearded Iris Photo ©2013 Sherry Harris (Hi Desert Iris & Daylily Society)
prairie sunset.jpgjpg prairie sunset.jpg manage 73 K 28 Nov 2017 - 14:05 BobPries From 1952 Schreiners catalog
prairie-sunset1-12.jpgjpg prairie-sunset1-12.jpg manage 86 K 05 Apr 2015 - 15:49 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
prairie01.jpgjpg prairie01.jpg manage 65 K 03 May 2015 - 02:51 Main.TLaurin Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
prairie_sunset_fl.jpgjpg prairie_sunset_fl.jpg manage 44 K 19 Feb 2011 - 07:07 IrisP  
prairiesunset01.jpgjpg prairiesunset01.jpg manage 49 K 22 Aug 2014 - 14:36 Main.TLaurin Photo by Iris City Gardens
prairiesunset09.JPGJPG prairiesunset09.JPG manage 204 K 07 Jun 2022 - 01:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt-Aurora Borealis Iris Garden, Aurora, ON- Canada
prairiesunset5.JPGJPG prairiesunset5.JPG manage 178 K 06 Jan 2023 - 02:43 Main.TLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
prairiesunset9.JPGJPG prairiesunset9.JPG manage 397 K 18 Feb 2021 - 16:22 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1955 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r43 - 06 Jan 2023, TLaurin
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