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■(TB) 'Tristram'

1919, Bliss

'Tristram' (Arthur John Bliss, 1919) TB, 30", Late bloom. Color Class W3. Standards white; Falls velvet blackish purple heavily veined white at base.

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References:

From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: TRISTRAM (Bliss 1919) 8L S. white tinted lavender; F. velvety, blackish-purple, heavily veined white at the base. A distinct flower of black-and-white effect. 27 inches. 50 cts. each; $1.25 for 3.
From Sam Carpenter catalog, 1925: TRISTRAM (Bliss 1919) - Standards clearest white. Falls deep rich purple, richly reticulated at haft. Distinctive and beautiful. $2.00.
 
From Maple Valley Iris Gardens catalog, 1937: TRISTRAM (Bliss 1919) L. 32 in. One of the oldest iris we grow, but so unique incolor that everyone admires it. Pure white stands with falls so dark they look black. Stunning by a limestone wall. 20c.
An early reference corroborating 'Tristram' identity is a lantern slide from Wister presentation archived at Swarthmore. See slide collection

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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Tristram12BHI.jpgjpg Tristram12BHI.jpg manage 53 K 06 May 2012 - 19:45 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Tristram12BHIbh2.jpgjpg Tristram12BHIbh2.jpg manage 22 K 01 Jan 2017 - 19:33 Main.Betsy881 Detail of photo by Betsy Higgins
TristramBHI.JPGJPG TristramBHI.JPG manage 67 K 23 Nov 2011 - 23:53 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
TristramRT.jpgjpg TristramRT.jpg manage 34 K 22 Jan 2012 - 20:49 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
tristram01.JPGJPG tristram01.JPG manage 103 K 04 Jul 2015 - 15:36 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
tristram02.JPGJPG tristram02.JPG manage 86 K 22 May 2014 - 12:40 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
tristram03.JPGJPG tristram03.JPG manage 65 K 22 May 2014 - 12:42 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
tristram04.JPGJPG tristram04.JPG manage 563 K 31 Jul 2018 - 20:41 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
tristram05.JPGJPG tristram05.JPG manage 669 K 31 Jul 2018 - 20:42 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
tristram06.JPGJPG tristram06.JPG manage 542 K 31 Jul 2018 - 20:44 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
tristram07.JPGJPG tristram07.JPG manage 614 K 31 Jul 2018 - 20:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
tristram1.JPGJPG tristram1.JPG manage 474 K 22 Sep 2016 - 21:55 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
tristram3.JPGJPG tristram3.JPG manage 194 K 22 Aug 2020 - 19:36 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
tristram4.JPGJPG tristram4.JPG manage 89 K 12 Sep 2013 - 16:07 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
tristram5.jpgjpg tristram5.jpg manage 15 K 13 Sep 2013 - 16:38 Main.TLaurin Photo by Anne Milner-Bliss Irises-United Kingdom
tristram6.jpgjpg tristram6.jpg manage 18 K 13 Sep 2013 - 16:40 Main.TLaurin Photo by Anne Milner-Bliss Irises-United Kingdom
tristram9.JPGJPG tristram9.JPG manage 263 K 22 May 2023 - 02:06 Main.TLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
tristram90.JPGJPG tristram90.JPG manage 265 K 22 May 2023 - 02:07 Main.TLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
tristram91.JPGJPG tristram91.JPG manage 253 K 22 May 2023 - 02:07 Main.TLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
tristram92.JPGJPG tristram92.JPG manage 158 K 22 May 2023 - 02:08 Main.TLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
Topic revision: r24 - 06 Jul 2023, TLaurin
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