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■(TB) 'Spanish Peaks'

1947, Loomis

'Spanish Peaks' (Dr. P. A. Loomis, R. 1946) TB, 38". Pure white self, white beard. ('Purissima' x 'Dominion' white seedling) x seedling. Honorable Mention 1948; Award of Merit 1950. Runner-up for the Dykes Medal in 1953.

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From Iris Test Garden catalog, 1955: SPANISH PEAKS. (Loomis, 1947). M. L. 38 inches. It is completely white-the flower, the throat, the haft, the beard, the style arms-all white. Very nicely formed blooms, broad petaled, heavily substanced and fine textured. One of the finest new white creations. It placed high in the symposium of the A.I.S. the first year it was distributed, an achievement very few iris can boast. H.M., 1948. A.M., 1950. $1.00.
"In the Buttrick gardens at Concord bridge I had my first look at the famous Spanish Peaks. But what I saw could hardly have been typical—a huge, droopy flower of poor substance and extremely long pinched falls, the subject of much comment from the visitors, but little praise. It must surely have been very different in Colorado to have gained its high rating." John Dolman, Jr. (Pa.), “Forty-Nine East,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 115 (October 1949): 46.


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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-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
SpanishPeaks02.JPEGJPEG SpanishPeaks02.JPEG manage 16 K 10 May 2014 - 13:02 Main.TLaurin Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
spanish_peaks_fl.jpgjpg spanish_peaks_fl.jpg manage 39 K 12 Aug 2012 - 13:43 IrisP  
spanishpeaks-jb.jpgjpg spanishpeaks-jb.jpg manage 20 K 23 Feb 2013 - 17:26 Main.Harloiris photo by Mike Unser
spanishpeaks01.JPGJPG spanishpeaks01.JPG manage 448 K 27 Jul 2018 - 00:42 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
spanishpeaks02.JPGJPG spanishpeaks02.JPG manage 498 K 27 Jul 2018 - 00:44 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
spanishpeaks1.JPGJPG spanishpeaks1.JPG manage 210 K 20 Jul 2020 - 02:39 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1955 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r22 - 23 Feb 2023, TLaurin
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