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■(IB) 'Zua'

1914, Crawford

'Zua' (Mrs. William Crawford, 1914) IB. Early bloom. Color Class-W1. Blue-toned white self. Sport of the white I. florentina .

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21sept 2014 033.jpg24sept 2014 004.jpgZua 1952 126 07 AIS.pdfzua02.JPGzua03.JPGzua04.JPGzua1-08.jpgzua9.JPGzua copy.jpg


From Wing Seed catalog, 1919: ZUA — New. Standards and falls delicate lavender, crumpled and ruffled like fine crepe. Flowers large and fragrant. Very unique. Stocks very limited. Eighteen inches. $2.00.
From Bonnewitz catalog, 1927: ZUA (Crawford). A light colored Iris whose standards and falls are more like silk crepe than any other variety we know. The standards are white with a delicate lilac tint and the falls have a slightly deeper lilac tint with olive-cream markings at the base. Large size bloom for the 18 inch bloom stalk which carries it. $0.75.
Has petals with a crinkly, crêpe-paper-like texture, representing an unusual class of Novelty Iris. A blue sport called 'Blue Zua' or 'Elizabeth Huntington' shares the same texture. Note that the cultivar 'Zua' could in theory sport back to the non-creped form of Iris florentina. This may account for the two cultivars being confused in commerce.
From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: ZUA VE-14". Original crepe-paper Iris, petals more crinkled & creped than in any other. An early-blooming Intermediate Iris that takes everyone's fancy. A most unusual & interesting frosty-white, flushed pale blue. Sport of Florentina. Regularly 85c; on $10 order 6c5; on $25 order 55c.
Galyon, F. (1952). “Dark horses” of irisdom. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 126, 19-20.


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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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
21sept_2014_033.jpgjpg 21sept_2014_033.jpg manage 127 K 27 Oct 2014 - 20:48 Main.firecentaurr Zua (NZ) Oct 2014
24sept_2014_004.jpgjpg 24sept_2014_004.jpg manage 169 K 27 Oct 2014 - 20:49 Main.firecentaurr Zua Blooms (NZ)
Zua 1952 126_07_AIS.pdfpdf Zua 1952 126_07_AIS.pdf manage 475 K 19 Jul 2020 - 17:20 Main.davepote Exported from AIS Bulletin #126(Jul 1952), p 19-20.
zua02.JPGJPG zua02.JPG manage 54 K 11 Jul 2014 - 21:43 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
zua03.JPGJPG zua03.JPG manage 62 K 11 Jul 2014 - 21:48 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
zua04.JPGJPG zua04.JPG manage 64 K 11 Jul 2014 - 21:46 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
zua1-08.jpgjpg zua1-08.jpg manage 96 K 29 Nov 2015 - 20:02 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
zua9.JPGJPG zua9.JPG manage 91 K 05 Sep 2021 - 22:20 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
zua_copy.jpgjpg zua_copy.jpg manage 57 K 09 Nov 2010 - 14:52 UnknownUser Pries photo
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