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■(TB) 'Action Front'

1942, Cook

'Action Front' (Paul Cook, R. 1942). TB, 36" (90 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-R6D, (('Morning Splendor' x ('Seminole' x 'Cinnabar')) x ('Morning Splendor' x ('Seminole' x 'Cinnabar'))) X 'E.B. Williamson'. Cook, Longfield Iris Farm 1942.

Also listed in the following nursery catalogs: Fairmount 1946.

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From Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1942: Action Front (Cook No. 139, 1942). A coppery red Iris that appears distinct and worthy by reason of its fine color, and because of its general good qualities, both in flower and plant. In addition to the near-red color, the flowers possess substance, shape, size, in excellent combination. A medium red, slightly bicolor, the broad, smooth standards and falls alike contributing to the rich color effect. The plant is hardy and dependable in performance, the stems freely produced, strong and erect. One of the best all-around Irises in the red color class we have grown or seen. Detail: S. conic-domed, Ocher Red; F. flaring Garnet Brown; crests, Yellow Ocher to Buckthorn Brown; beard, Cadmium Yellow. Flowers, 5 ins. x 5 ins. Stem, 3 feet, branched from middle up, bearing nine flowers. Midseason. $10.00.
From Milliken Iris Gardens catalog, 1949: ACTION FRONT A gleaming copper-red with domed standards and wide falls with gold bands. The color runs into the depths of the flower adding greatly to the rich coloring. The plant itself is a strong grower. 3 ft. $1.50
Sold in the following catalogs: Tell 1947,


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.

BobPries - 21 Apr 2019

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-- BetsyHiggins - 2010-09-11
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ActionFront2SG.jpgjpg ActionFront2SG.jpg manage 59 K 12 Dec 2011 - 17:56 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
ActionFrontIOS.jpgjpg ActionFrontIOS.jpg manage 24 K 10 Dec 2011 - 22:08 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Iris of Sissinghurst-United Kingdom
ActionFrontIOSbh.jpgjpg ActionFrontIOSbh.jpg manage 17 K 19 Nov 2016 - 19:06 Main.Betsy881 Detail of photo by Betsy Higgins
ActionFrontSG31.pngpng ActionFrontSG31.png manage 1 MB 27 Apr 2021 - 02:37 Main.TLaurin Photo by Seagate Nurseries-United Kingdom
actionfront01.jpgjpg actionfront01.jpg manage 76 K 24 Feb 2016 - 04:01 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kelways-United Kingdom
actionfront3.jpgjpg actionfront3.jpg manage 60 K 22 Jan 2014 - 20:24 Main.TLaurin Photo by Iris of Sissinghurst-United Kingdom
Topic revision: r24 - 24 Jul 2022, TLaurin
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