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■(JI) 'Geisha Gown'

1965, Maddocks

'Geisha Gown' (Frederick Maddocks, R. 1963) Seedling M1571. JI (double), 36" (91 cm), Early to midseason bloom. Clear white veined deep rose-purple. From seedlings. Melrose 1965. Honorable Mention 1966.

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photo by Carol WarnerPhoto by Riley Probst-Fleur De Lis GardenPhoto by Cascadia Iris Gardens


From Melrose Gardens catalog, 1965: GEISHA GOWN (Fred Mattocks) 36" double. Provocatively posed for our inspection are these large clean white flowers, distinctly etched with widely spaced deep rose purple penciling, which coalesces into a narrow margin of the same color around the bright yellow signal. All six broad and fluted petals are edged in silver. Style arms and petaloid stamens are bright purple; style crest picoteed white. $10.00
From Tempo Two AU catalog, 1974: GEISHA GOWN (Maddocks '65 USA) 36" Double. E-M. Very striking color contrast enhances this delightful Iris making it a very distinctive variety. Large clean white flowers etched with widely spaced deep rose purple pencilling which blends into a narrow margin of the same color around the centre of the bright sulphur yellow signals. All 6 broad petals are fluted and ruffled. Style arms and petaloid stamens are bright purple. Style crests are picoteed white.HM '66. $5.00.
Historic iris Preservation Society gallery link.


Quick Summary of Cultural Directions

Hardiness Zones 4-8 for most varieties, Some Japanese 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 but moist good garden soil, More tolerant of dry conditions in established plants, Needs swampy conditions especially in Spring bloom season.
PH Prefers Acid solis 6.1 to 7.0, intolerant of limy soils
Fertilizer Prefers rich conditions on organic soils.

-- BobPries - 2011-03-07

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Your Observations Are Valued. Please make note of bud count, branching, purple based foliage and bloom time, etc. Because these are affected by climate, note date, year and geographic location and write these and other comments in the comment box below.


-- LaurieFrazer - 2010-04-22
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
geishagown.jpgjpg geishagown.jpg manage 18 K 15 Jun 2010 - 04:03 Main.wilsonjh photo by Carol Warner
geishagown1.jpgjpg geishagown1.jpg manage 121 K 24 Jul 2019 - 01:55 TerryLaurin Photo by Riley Probst-Fleur De Lis Garden
geishagown5.JPGJPG geishagown5.JPG manage 167 K 23 Dec 2023 - 15:41 TerryLaurin Photo by Cascadia Iris Gardens
Topic revision: r13 - 29 May 2024, DougChyz
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