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■(JI) 'Prima Ballerina'

1964, Payne

'Prima Ballerina' (W. Arlie Payne, R. 1957) Seedling 193. JI (6 petal), 50" (127 cm), Midseason bloom. Light amparo-purple self. Seedling 93: ('Ai-fukurin' x 'Fanny Hamlet Childs') x 'Celestine'. Payne 1964. Honorable Mention 1965.

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From Edenwald Gardens catalog, 1958: PRIMA BALLERINA (Payne '58). Large, six-petal pink-orchid that closely approaches a true pink self with scarcely any perceptible white or blue tint at the base of the petals, unusual for this color class. Flowers flare widely and are freely produced on 4-ft. stems in early midseason. Plant vigorous. 22.50


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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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primaballerina01.jpgjpg primaballerina01.jpg manage 173 K 17 Feb 2016 - 16:54 Main.TLaurin Photo by Tranquil Lake Nursery
primaballerina5.JPGJPG primaballerina5.JPG manage 179 K 25 Dec 2023 - 15:51 Main.TLaurin Photo by Cascadia Iris Gardens
Topic revision: r10 - 29 Dec 2023, Harloiris
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