(TB) 'Conquistador'

1923, Mohr

'Conquistador' (William Mohr, R. 1921). TB; Midseason bloom; Color code-B1M;

This is an historic Iris that was published before official descriptions so several sources are given describing close to the time it was originated, Pallid to lavender violet; stalk, low, well, and widely branched; 42 in. in Massachusetts; to 5 1/2 ft. in Calif. Fragrant; Standards domed, wider at top; falls drooping; haft light, veined Prussian Red; beard conspicuous; white, yellow tipped, blunt. 2n=49. ( 'Juniata' X Iris mesopotamica ). Mohr 1923.

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Awaiting original catalog description
Conquistador (Mohr, 1923). A very tall vigorous plant with fine foliage and very large deep mauve to light violet flowers. The size and height make it an outstanding feature in our garden. Very vigorous. One of Mr. Mohr's favorites. (Introducer's description) - - - $1.00. [Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1930]
The Cornell Agriculture Experimental Station Memoir #100, 1926 provides the following description: "Color effect a light violet self, falls slightly more intense; size large; form long, open, oblong rounded; flowering habit free; tall bearded class; height 42 in.; branching fastigiate, high, 2 laterals. A flower of good to extra firm substance; firm texture; slightly creped surface; good fragrance; good lasting quality. Its height and large blooms make it a good landscape variety. Useful in the clump or as a cut flower.
Standards lavender-violet, with broken brownish reticulations; carriage cupped, arched; blade obovate, notched, undulate, ruffled and frilled, revolute, creped at edge; size 2 ½ in. wide, 4 in. long. Falls haematoxylin violet, reticulated broadly with burnt umber on thegray-white outer haft; carriage flaring to drooping; wedge-shaped, convex, obcordate; smooth or slightly cockled; size 2 ½ in wide, 4 ½ in. long. Minor parts: beard coarse, dense, projecting, conspicuous, orange-colored; haft broad, channeled; reticulations broad, broken, widely spaced; style-branches narrow, overarching, violet; crest large, fringed, recurved; pollen plentiful; spathe-valves scarious. Growth vigorous; increase rapid; habit open; foliage stiff, leaves broad, deep glaucous green; 2 blooms open at once, floriferous; stalk stately, erect with 5 buds.
Parentage mesopotamia x Juniata. Its mesopotamica blood may tend to make it tender in some exposed positions. Gives a fine color mass." [2nTB X Iris mesopotamica Dykes].

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JPEGJPG Conquistador.JPG r1 manage 41.1 K 2011-02-01 - 05:46 IrisParadise  
JPEGjpg Conquistador12BHI.jpg r1 manage 63.9 K 2012-04-15 - 22:37 BetsyHiggins Photo by Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
JPEGjpg ConquistadorAA.jpg r1 manage 47.0 K 2011-02-14 - 23:54 BetsyHiggins Photo by Argyle Acres
JPEGjpg ConquistadorRT.jpg r1 manage 29.8 K 2012-01-22 - 15:52 BetsyHiggins Photo by Rick Tasco
JPEGjpg conquistador1.jpg r1 manage 52.4 K 2015-09-13 - 22:57 MikeUnser Photo by Mike Unser
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