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■(BB) 'Starlighter'

1987, Nichols

'Starlighter' (Hooker Nichols, R. 1985) Seedling #8131B. BB, 26" (66 cm). Midseason to late bloom. Standards purple, few white specks at base; falls grape, white center; white beard tipped orange; ruffled; sweet fragrance. 'Victory Pledge' X 'Aegean Star'. Hillcrest Iris 1987. High Commendation 1983; Honorable Mention 1989.

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From AIS Bulletin #264 January 1987 Introducing STARLIGHTER (H. Nichols '87) BB, 26", M-L. Entirely different from its sister. The ruffled standards are purple with a few white specks at the base; ruffled grape falls have white centers and white beards tipped orange. Fertile both ways. Sib to Aegean Waltz. HC 1983. $25.00. Hillcrest Iris Gardens.


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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