. (Hans Peter Sass
, R. 1933). IB; height 26" (65 cm), Early bloom. Color Code-S6M; Standards deep livid brown, falls Verona purple. ( Iris pumila
X unknown); Sass-H.P. 1934. actually thought to be Iris lutescens Lam
. X TB. Honorable Mention 1936.
Nursery listings: Sass-H. P. 1934, Horton 1937 (Irisdale Gardens
, Mrs. Norman Horton, Elkhardt, IN), Gage 1938 (Sunnyside Gardens
, L. Merton Gage, Natick, MA).
| From Maple Road Gardens listing for 1934: ABELARD (H. P. Sass, 1934)—Intermediate. S, deep livid brown. F, veronia purple. 26-inch branching stems. $5.00.
| American Iris Society. (1936). Awards of the American Iris Society for 1936. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 63(October 1936), 64.
| The 'Abelard' listing in the Historic Iris Preservation Society, Historic Iris Gallery.
| Maple Road Gardens. (1937). Sass iris list 1937. The American Iris Society Iris Encyclopedia. ABELARD (H. P. Sass, 1934) - lntermediate. S. deep livid brown. F. veronia purple. 26-inch branching stems. 50c. (Maple Road Gardens, 1937). Retrieved from: https://wiki.irises.org/pub/Hist/Info1937CatalogSassJacob/1937_SASS_IRIS_LIST_MAPLE_ROAD_GARDENS.pdf.
| Peckham, E. (Ed.). (1940). Alphabetical iris check list: 1939. The American Iris Society.
| Walter Marx Gardens. (1957). Nursery catalog for summer and fall 1957. American Iris Society Iris Encyclopedia. ABELARD Chestnut and purple—a combination at once colorful and somber like the tragic and brilliant life of the man whose love is history. Each .50; 3 for $1.25. (Walter Marx, 1957, p. 33). Retrieved from https://wiki.irises.org/pub/Hist/Info1957CatalogWalterMarx/1957_SUMMER_AND_FALL_WALTER_MARX_GARDENS.pdf.
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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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