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■(TB) 'Wild Ginger'

1962, Gibson

'Wild Ginger' (James Gibson, R. 1960) Seedling# 118-7PTA. TB, 36" (91 cm). Early midseason bloom. Standards burnt unber, sanded orchid; falls white, golden brown stitching, sanded orchid at edges. 'Taholah' X 'Floradora Flounce'. Cooley 1962. High Commendation 1961; Honorable Mention 1963; Judges Choice 1963, 1964; Award of Merit 1965.

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WILD GINGER is a deeply flounced and ruffled iris of brown and creamy white. Standards are a soft brown; ruffling on the 8-inch flowers extends to the throat. Heavy substance gives the flowers a longer bloom period and a good picture of this variety was featured on the cover of the October 1963 BULLETIN. [William B. Schortman, “Touring California Hybridizers’ Gardens,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 172 (January 1964): 64.
Reported Rebloom in: TX [The 2012 Cumulative Checklist of Reblooming Iris, p. 219]
Wild Ginger (Gibson). This plicata was beautiful in all gardens. Cream ground, marked and peppered with ginger-brown and with sandings of orchid, it has marvelous substance. The flowers are wide, ruffled, and flounced, and the stalks are very well branched. [AIS Bulletin #170, July 1963:43]


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.

-- BobPries - 2011-03-07

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-- RolandDejoux - 2010-03-24
  • This blooms and thrives in my gardens in Southeast Michigan. -- WikiGuest - 07 Jun 2023
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WildGinger01.JPGJPG WildGinger01.JPG manage 66 K 09 Dec 2014 - 19:47 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WildGinger02.JPGJPG WildGinger02.JPG manage 95 K 05 Sep 2021 - 01:46 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WildGinger05.JPGJPG WildGinger05.JPG manage 123 K 26 Jan 2022 - 02:39 TerryLaurin Photo by Mike Unser at Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WildGinger12BHI.jpgjpg WildGinger12BHI.jpg manage 87 K 08 May 2012 - 19:18 BetsyHiggins Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Wild_Ginger_TB_Gibson_1962.jpgjpg Wild_Ginger_TB_Gibson_1962.jpg manage 96 K 22 Sep 2014 - 02:52 Main.georgebacon Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
Wild_Ginger_fl.jpgjpg Wild_Ginger_fl.jpg manage 69 K 24 Feb 2011 - 05:32 IrisP  
waltginger1.jpgjpg waltginger1.jpg manage 42 K 16 Dec 2018 - 03:11 TerryLaurin Photo by Iriszkert Szasz-Hungary.
wildginger01.jpgjpg wildginger01.jpg manage 23 K 13 Sep 2014 - 18:44 TerryLaurin Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
wildginger010.JPGJPG wildginger010.JPG manage 225 K 10 Feb 2024 - 19:47 TerryLaurin Photo by Seagate Nurseries-Long Sutton Bypass-Long Sutton-United Kingdom
wildginger02.JPGJPG wildginger02.JPG manage 86 K 20 Jun 2014 - 00:01 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
wildginger03.jpgjpg wildginger03.jpg manage 150 K 06 Nov 2017 - 02:40 TerryLaurin Photo by Evgeny Nazarov-Ukraine
wildginger04.jpgjpg wildginger04.jpg manage 122 K 06 Nov 2017 - 02:41 TerryLaurin Photo by Evgeny Nazarov-Ukraine
wildginger05.jpgjpg wildginger05.jpg manage 163 K 06 Nov 2017 - 02:42 TerryLaurin Photo by Evgeny Nazarov-Ukraine
wildginger06.jpgjpg wildginger06.jpg manage 119 K 06 Nov 2017 - 02:43 TerryLaurin Photo by Evgeny Nazarov-Ukraine
wildginger3.jpgjpg wildginger3.jpg manage 92 K 17 Nov 2013 - 17:27 TerryLaurin Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
wildginger4.JPGJPG wildginger4.JPG manage 358 K 20 Feb 2019 - 03:08 TerryLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-taken at Royal Botanical Garden-Hamilton-Ontario-Canada
wildginger9.JPGJPG wildginger9.JPG manage 438 K 20 Jan 2021 - 03:11 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1965 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r33 - 10 Feb 2024, TerryLaurin
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