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■(TB) 'Taj Mahal'

1921, Sturtevant

'Taj Mahal' (Grace Sturtevant, R. 1920). TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class-W4. 'Anne Leslie' x 'Archevêque'.

Diploïd. Homozygous recessive white (w1w1).

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From Glen Road Iris Gardens catalog, 1921: TAJ MAHAL (Sturtevant) — The finest pure white I have ever seen; growth strong, foliage broad and glaucous; stalk erect, low branched and carrying nine or more flowers of heavy substance, firm, and smooth textured; standards arching, falls flaring. 38 in. $100.00.
From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: TAJ MAHAL (Sturtevant 1921). Well-shaped flowers of large size and good substance on good tall stems. One of the most satisfactory of the new white varieties. 36 inches. $4.00 each.
A description of 'Taj Mahal' from James Marion Schull's book "Rainbow Fragments", 1931.
From Quality Gardens catalog 1931: TAJ MAHAL (Sturt. 1921) M. 36". An excellent white. The stem is well branched and the flowers of fine shape and good substance. It is a very pure white, w'ith no shade of cream in it. It is very vigorous and more strongly constituted than any other white we have. The foliage is attractive; deep green with dull purple markings at the base. $.60.


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
Taj Mahal.pdfpdf Taj Mahal.pdf manage 67 K 04 Apr 2023 - 16:01 UnknownUser Description from James Marion Schull
TajMahal02.JPEGJPEG TajMahal02.JPEG manage 11 K 10 May 2014 - 12:47 UnknownUser Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
TajMahal3.jpgjpg TajMahal3.jpg manage 12 K 19 Jul 2013 - 16:33 UnknownUser Photo by Abbey Gardens
TajMahalBJI.jpgjpg TajMahalBJI.jpg manage 48 K 08 Apr 2012 - 16:24 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Blue J Iris
TajMahalHIPS.jpgjpg TajMahalHIPS.jpg manage 64 K 17 Feb 2012 - 15:07 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mike Unser
taj-mahal3.jpgjpg taj-mahal3.jpg manage 26 K 27 Nov 2015 - 04:59 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
taj-mahal4.jpgjpg taj-mahal4.jpg manage 15 K 27 Nov 2015 - 04:59 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
tajmahal01.JPGJPG tajmahal01.JPG manage 545 K 30 Jul 2018 - 02:30 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
tajmahal9.JPGJPG tajmahal9.JPG manage 67 K 02 Sep 2021 - 01:50 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Topic revision: r20 - 29 May 2024, davepote
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