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■(TB) 'Pretty Karen'

1973, Hamblen

'Pretty Karen' (Melba Hamblen, R. 1972) Seedling# H67-114-O. TB, 30" (76 cm). Midseason to late bloom. Standards ruffled violet-orchid; falls slightly lighter violet-orchid, deepening at edges to RHS 78C, ruffled; red beard. 'Flamingo Fling' sibling X ( 'Music Hall' x 'Adorable You'). Mission Bell 1973. Honorable Mention 1974; Favorite Guest 1976.

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Photo by Pierre Anfosso - France

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From AIS Bulletin #208 January 1973 Introducing PRETTY KAREN (Hamblen). 30", M-L. A "reverse neglecta" in tones of rose-orchid. Swirling stands above horizontally flared falls. Wide red beard. Sturdy stalks display flowers to advantage. Flamingo Fling sib X (Music x Adorable You). HC '72. $25.0. Mission Bell.
In the past few years Melba has given us three sibs of equal quality in varying shades of pink and orchid. The three—ORCHID WINGS, COUNTRY LILAC, and FLAMINGO FLING—will have some beautiful competition from H67-144-0. This one is a very ruffled orchid that goes to the top of the list in that color range. It will be introduced in 1973 as PRETTY KAREN, in honor of another granddaughter. [Ron Mullin, “An Iris Holiday.” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society #208 (January 1973):15.]
 
 

Culture

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.
FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION Here

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-- BobPries - 2011-03-07
Topic revision: r12 - 27 Aug 2023, Harloiris
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