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■(TB) 'Sunset Blaze'

1948, Kleinsorge

'Sunset Blaze' (Rudolph Kleinsorge, R. 1948) TB. Early bloom season. 42" (107 cm). (seedling# 343 x seedling# 333 A): seedling# 363. Honorable Mention 1949; President's Cup 1949; Award of Merit 1951.

The early version of President's Cup was awarded from 1947 thru 1955 when the name was changed to the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup. In the AIS Encyclopedia this early award is listed under the Franklin Cook Memorial Cup which is where the above President's Cup link points to.

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Introductory listing from Cooley's Gardens catalog for 1948: A tall and huge golden flame-salmon blend, almost a red, but with so much of the gold influence in it that it is not really a red Iris. You have seen the sun look much like this just before it sinks over the horizon. Both standards and falls are extra large and the haft and beard are bright golden yellow. A most impressive flower, blooming early on widely branched stalks reaching 42 inches. $20.00.
"In the Cooley display garden there was a rather tremendous clump of a very tall, spectacular red-brown that was so bright it almost startled me. It turned out to be Sunset Blaze, and the clump was so outstanding it won the President's Cup. I believe Sunset Blaze is going to be one of Dr. Kleinsorge's most popular irises. For some reason it bloomed very short for me the first year but this year it was better and growth since has been so good that I am looking forward to bloom next spring almost as good as that I saw in Oregon. Jesse E. Wills (Tenn.), “Iris Impressions 1949,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 115 (October 1949): 18.
"Sunset Blaze (Kleinsorge) 1948) is in my opinion the most successful yet, though it is a little lacking, perhaps, in substance. It has a little striation in orange-yellow at the haft, but this lights up the flower and can hardly be considered a fault. The flower itself is of most lovely form, classic and tailored, with wide and imposing petals, flaring elegantly, and the colour is a rich bright red, of brown tone, but not at all brown, and it is very smooth and even." Moore, Nicholas. (1956). The Tall Bearded Iris_. London: Forest Hills, New York: Collingridge; Transatlantic Arts, p. 73.


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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-- MikeUnser - 2009-11-15
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Sunset_Blaze_fl.jpgjpg Sunset_Blaze_fl.jpg manage 74 K 20 Feb 2011 - 19:14 IrisP  
sunset-blaze1-09.jpgjpg sunset-blaze1-09.jpg manage 40 K 15 Nov 2009 - 20:30 Main.mikeu Sunset Blaze by Mike Unser
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sunset-blaze3-20.jpgjpg sunset-blaze3-20.jpg manage 348 K 26 Oct 2020 - 05:32 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
sunset-blaze4-20.jpgjpg sunset-blaze4-20.jpg manage 316 K 26 Oct 2020 - 05:32 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
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sunsetblaze03.JPGJPG sunsetblaze03.JPG manage 416 K 29 Jul 2018 - 02:13 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
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sunsetblaze06.JPGJPG sunsetblaze06.JPG manage 631 K 29 Jul 2018 - 02:17 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
sunsetblaze07.JPGJPG sunsetblaze07.JPG manage 663 K 29 Jul 2018 - 02:20 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
sunsetblaze09.JPGJPG sunsetblaze09.JPG manage 105 K 01 Sep 2021 - 19:21 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
sunsetblaze3.JPGJPG sunsetblaze3.JPG manage 78 K 07 Jan 2014 - 16:10 UnknownUser Photo by K.Brewitt 2013 Dallas Convention
sunsetblaze61.JPGJPG sunsetblaze61.JPG manage 98 K 09 Sep 2022 - 01:18 UnknownUser Photo by Mike Unser at Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
sunsetblaze7.JPGJPG sunsetblaze7.JPG manage 186 K 08 May 2024 - 18:15 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
sunsetblaze70.JPGJPG sunsetblaze70.JPG manage 199 K 08 May 2024 - 18:15 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
sunsetblaze71.JPGJPG sunsetblaze71.JPG manage 334 K 08 May 2024 - 18:16 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
sunsetblaze9.JPGJPG sunsetblaze9.JPG manage 360 K 18 Feb 2021 - 16:37 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1955 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r26 - 08 May 2024, TLaurin
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