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■(TB) 'Wabash'

1936, Williamson

'Wabash'. (Mary Williamson, R. 1936) TB, Midseason bloom, Color Class W3D (White and Dark Bicolor). ('Dorothy Dietz' X 'Cantabile'). Honorable Mention 1937; Award of Merit 1938; American Dykes Medal 1940. Longfield 1936.

1939 Checklist citations: H.M., A.I.S. 1937; Bull. A.I.S. 66:88 Sept. 1937; A.M. A.I.S. 1938; Bull. A.I.S. 71:37 Oct. 1938.

Note: The variety 'Bright Hour' has been known to be grown and passed around under the name 'Wabash' - the true 'Wabash' has purple based foliage (PBF), 'Bright Hour' does not.

See below:
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(1938) From Cooley's Gardens catalog for 1938: "A new iris so far in advance of others of similar color combination that they are simply not in the race. With clean white standards and bright purple falls, it might have been called 'Elk's Temple', so well does it call to mind the colors of that well known fraternal organization. The flowers are large and are borne on well branched stalks reaching almost forty inches in height."
(1939) WABASH (Williamson). Medium sized perfect shaped flowers domed, glistening white standards and flaring wavey blue violet falls with white edging. A most striking Amoena-best out. Belsley, Ray J., Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939): 15.
(1939) WABASH (Williamson). Here is one of the finest irises ever raised, even better than Cantabile and easily the best amoena in commerce. Standards snow white, of perfect form. Falls deep violet with clear white edge. A larger flower than Cantabile and a more branching stem-36". G. L. Pilkington, "Iris Notes", Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939): 32.
(1942) Judged by the standing it has attained, WABASH will long remain an iris favorite. It has come rightly by its place of prominence. Its tone of pure and lovely white edging as it fascinatingly meets the deep blue of its petals makes one tremble in the presence of so much striking beauty in a flower. Cappeller, E. B., Hollywood, California (1942). Our Members Write, Charm in an Iris, American Iris Society Bulletin 88 (January 1943), 68-69.
(1943) As an amoena I would get WABASH(5), the most outstanding in its class. It still belongs on my list of best iris regardless of price, and deserves the Dykes Medal it won. Wills, Jesse, (1943). Older Iris I would Buy Again, American Iris Society Bulletin, 89 (April 1943), 13.
(1953) "The variety Wabash is a good example of top-branching, but the habit has rarely been held against it for two reasons; first, the proportions of the plant are such as to help disguise the poor branching; and, second, there is as yet no widely grown substitute for Wabash. There are better amoenas, to be sure, but it will be several years before they are as widely grown, and as widely known". [What Makes a Tall Bearded Iris Good or Bad. The Handbook for Judges, The American Iris Society, Second Installment, July 1953. Reprinted in A.I.S. Bulletin 130 (July 1953): 81.


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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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-- LaurieFrazer - 2010-01-17
  • The second image is probably 'Bright Hour'. Note the very round falls. 'Wabash' has falls that are somewhat square, as in the other images. -- JoeSpears - 22 Feb 2011
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1wabashjb.jpgjpg 1wabashjb.jpg manage 202 K 29 Sep 2016 - 21:42 Main.Harloiris Photo by John Black, zone 4, Montana
Iris Wabash par Elise AMANN.JPGJPG Iris Wabash par Elise AMANN.JPG manage 399 K 09 Feb 2023 - 13:28 EliseAMANN Iris Wabash
Iris Wabash.JPGJPG Iris Wabash.JPG manage 354 K 22 Jan 2023 - 12:18 EliseAMANN  
TBWabash.jpgjpg TBWabash.jpg manage 60 K 15 Feb 2010 - 19:29 EleanorHutchison Photo by El Hutchison, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Z3
WABASH01.jpgjpg WABASH01.jpg manage 132 K 08 Dec 2015 - 22:36 UnknownUser Photo by Klaus Burkhardt- Iris Schwertilienoase-Germany
WABASH_EI.JPGJPG WABASH_EI.JPG manage 156 K 07 Sep 2015 - 20:01 Main.ruiris MSU botanical garden
Wabash-5579.jpgjpg Wabash-5579.jpg manage 66 K 01 Jun 2012 - 03:01 Main.bobgutowski May 26, 2012. An early year in Zone 7, Pennsylvania
Wabash01.JPGJPG Wabash01.JPG manage 50 K 09 Dec 2014 - 16:16 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Wabash03.JPEGJPEG Wabash03.JPEG manage 26 K 10 May 2014 - 01:34 UnknownUser Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Wabash14.jpgjpg Wabash14.jpg manage 46 K 18 Jul 2013 - 15:09 UnknownUser Photo by Napa Country Iris Gardens
WabashCT.jpgjpg WabashCT.jpg manage 47 K 04 Nov 2011 - 22:01 Main.Betsy881 Photo by C & T Iris Patch
WabashWilliamson36kp.JPGJPG WabashWilliamson36kp.JPG manage 37 K 12 Jan 2011 - 20:52 KentPfeiffer Taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska on May 17, 2010
Wabashkp12.JPGJPG Wabashkp12.JPG manage 62 K 31 May 2012 - 15:20 KentPfeiffer Taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska on May 4, 2012
wabash.jpgjpg wabash.jpg manage 30 K 17 Jan 2010 - 17:13 Main.htb ©2004 Laurie Frazer
wabash01.JPGJPG wabash01.JPG manage 202 K 30 Mar 2020 - 21:29 UnknownUser Photo by Rene Martin-France
wabash02.JPGJPG wabash02.JPG manage 43 K 17 Apr 2014 - 13:09 UnknownUser Photo by Blue J Iris
wabash03.jpgjpg wabash03.jpg manage 22 K 26 Jul 2014 - 02:39 UnknownUser Photo by Rainbow Iris Farm
wabash04.JPGJPG wabash04.JPG manage 114 K 19 Jul 2014 - 19:28 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
wabash05.JPGJPG wabash05.JPG manage 65 K 16 Apr 2014 - 13:24 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
wabash06.JPGJPG wabash06.JPG manage 113 K 16 Apr 2014 - 14:13 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
wabash07.JPGJPG wabash07.JPG manage 46 K 23 May 2014 - 00:54 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
wabash08.JPGJPG wabash08.JPG manage 61 K 21 Apr 2014 - 20:17 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
wabash09.JPGJPG wabash09.JPG manage 67 K 19 Jun 2014 - 21:24 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
wabash1.jpgjpg wabash1.jpg manage 34 K 11 Jul 2010 - 16:12 Main.mikeu Wabash by Mike Unser
wabash10.jpgjpg wabash10.jpg manage 47 K 22 May 2013 - 15:31 UnknownUser Photo by Superstition Iris Gardens
wabash11.jpgjpg wabash11.jpg manage 23 K 13 Aug 2014 - 02:11 UnknownUser Photo by Iris Gal Iris Garden
wabash13.jpgjpg wabash13.jpg manage 53 K 13 Jul 2013 - 17:21 UnknownUser Photo by Schreiner's Iris Gardens
wabash14.jpgjpg wabash14.jpg manage 44 K 23 Aug 2014 - 02:30 UnknownUser Photo by Iris City Gardens
wabash15.jpgjpg wabash15.jpg manage 88 K 25 Aug 2013 - 15:31 UnknownUser Photo by Pleasants Valley Iris Farm
wabash16.jpgjpg wabash16.jpg manage 39 K 14 Sep 2013 - 01:21 UnknownUser Photo by Mike Unser
wabash17.jpgjpg wabash17.jpg manage 65 K 17 Nov 2013 - 21:06 UnknownUser Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
wabash18.jpgjpg wabash18.jpg manage 65 K 05 Mar 2014 - 00:17 UnknownUser Photo by Irisaluze-Richard Serafinowski-France
wabash19.jpgjpg wabash19.jpg manage 72 K 05 Mar 2014 - 15:48 UnknownUser Photo by Irisaluze-Richard Serafinowski-France
wabash2.JPGJPG wabash2.JPG manage 58 K 27 Sep 2015 - 00:53 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
wabash2.jpgjpg wabash2.jpg manage 10 K 04 Sep 2015 - 00:46 UnknownUser Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
wabash20.jpgjpg wabash20.jpg manage 61 K 06 Mar 2014 - 16:29 UnknownUser Photo by Irisaluze-Richard Serafinowski-France
wabash21.jpgjpg wabash21.jpg manage 54 K 06 Mar 2014 - 16:31 UnknownUser Photo by Irisaluze-Richard Serafinowski-France
wabash3.jpgjpg wabash3.jpg manage 68 K 02 Mar 2017 - 15:06 UnknownUser Photo by Kelway Iris Gardens-United Kingdom
wabash4.JPGJPG wabash4.JPG manage 111 K 28 Aug 2014 - 19:16 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
wabash4.jpgjpg wabash4.jpg manage 59 K 21 Nov 2014 - 16:46 UnknownUser Photo By Steve Sayers
wabash5.jpgjpg wabash5.jpg manage 39 K 11 Jul 2010 - 16:12 Main.mikeu Wabash by Mike Unser
wabash6.JPGJPG wabash6.JPG manage 54 K 20 Jul 2015 - 01:52 UnknownUser Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
wabash8.JPGJPG wabash8.JPG manage 86 K 20 Jul 2015 - 01:56 UnknownUser Photo by Exline Iris Garden
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