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■(TB) 'Van Cliburn'

1961, Benson

'Van Cliburn' (Cliff Benson, R. 1961) Seedling# 58-5C. TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason bloom. Medium blue self. ('Jane Phillips' x ('Spanish Peaks' x 'Cloudless Sky')) X 'Starlift'. C. Benson 1961. High Commendation 1958; Honorable Mention 1962.

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From AIS Bulletin #161, April 1961. Introducing VAN CLIBURN-Sdlg. 58-5C: (Jane Phillips x (Spanish Peaks x Cloudless Sky) X Starlift. Large, bold and striking full (medium) blue on the light side rather than dark. Standards are domed; falls are semi- flared and wide. Stalks are well branched; flowers are moderately ruffled with heavy substance. Stock·scarce. M. 38"; HC '58. $20.00. Cliff Benson.
VAN CLIBURN (C. Benson '61). Continuing to hold its "Top Ten" position with an ultrawide form of billows and ruffles, VAN CLIBURN returns our attention to a metallic medium blue coloration. Each flower sports huge size and cardboard heavy substance. For four seasons I have further admired the health and vigor of the plant and the seasonal dedication to blooming. This cultivar maintains one serious drawback-the stems cannot always hold and support the huge flowers and moderate winds will often blow stalks down. Roger R. Nelson, “Your More Music Survey,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 197 (April 1970): 9.]


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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