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■ (TB) 'Afterglow'

1917, Sturtevant

'Afterglow' (Grace Sturtevant, 1917). TB; height 36-48" (90-120 cm); Midseason bloom. Color Class S4L; Grayish lavender shading to Pinard yellow through the center; Styles yellow; beard yellow, orange tipped; stalk high and well-branched growth vigorous; ( Iris pallida Lam. X 'Aurea'); Sturtevant 1917.

Nursery listings: Glen Road (Sturtevant) 1917; Movilla 1919; Treholme (Sheets) 1928; Bunyard 1938; Tip Top 1938; Wassenberg 1938; Katkamier 1939.

Additional nurseries not listed: Tip Top 1936.

See below:



From Glen Road iris Garden catalog, 1920: AFTERGLOW —A soft pink or buff-gray, shading to a rich yellow thru the center. When on exhibition no other iris has attracted so much attention from even the most casual observer, while in the garden its mass appeals more to the closer student of color harmony. 3 ft. F. C. G. 1915. 15.00.
The Cornell Agriculture Experimental Station Memoir #100, 1926 provides the following description: "Color effect a smokey-lavender-buff and yellowish-bronze blend; size fair, short to long; form open, rounded; flowering habit free; tall bearded class; height 30 in.; branching fastigiate, high. A flower of very good substance; frail to firm texture; smooth surface; good fragrance, a faint lemon odor. Has excellent neutral tones for mass in garden, or as a show or cut flower.Standards tilleul buff to smokey pearl, shading to yellow at base; carriage cupped, arching, slightly floppy in full sunlight; blade undulate, ruffled and frilled, revolute, smooth or slightly creped; size 1 ½ in. wide, 2 ½ in. long. Falls deeper cartridge-buff to buff-yellow, brighter at base of blade. Reticulated with yellowish to reddish brown at base of haft, brilliant along outer haft; carriage drooping; wedge-shaped, convex, obcordate; smooth; size 1 ¾ in. wide. 2 ½ in. long. Minor parts; beard fine dense, projecting, conspicuous, very brilliant bronzy orange; haft broad, channelled; reticulations broad, widely spaced; style-branches broad, overarching; crest of medium size, fringed; pollen plentiful; spathe-valves scarious. Growth moderate; increase rapid; habit open to regular; foliage stiff, leaves slender, glaucous yellow-green; 3 blooms open at once, floriferous; stem erect, flexuous, with at least 7 buds.This is an American seedling described by the originator as a misty lavender lit with yellow at the center. It is an effective cut flower. Parentage pallidax aurea. Awarded a first Class Certificate by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in 1915. In gardens it reaches a height of from 3 to 4 feet, bearing its flowers well above the foliage on graceful stems. When massed, it gives a bewitching color in twight hours." Iris pallida Lam. X Iris variegata L. 'Aurea'].
Sturtevant's 1922 catalog gives; "Afterglow (Sturt. 1917) — A soft Grayish Lavender shading to a rich Pinard Yellow thru the centre, a flower of loose pallida form; stalk well-branched, growth strong. 3 ft. F. C, C., M. H. S. $2.50"
"Pinkish Lavander gray shading to buff style branches and rich yellow haft...25c; 3 for 60c."Carl Salbach Iris Catalog, Berkeley, CA, 1930


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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-- Main.RPries - 2009-12-10
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afterglow01.JPGJPG afterglow01.JPG manage 474 K 25 Apr 2018 - 14:21 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
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afterglow04.JPGJPG afterglow04.JPG manage 474 K 25 Apr 2018 - 14:28 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
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afterglow06.JPGJPG afterglow06.JPG manage 130 K 21 Dec 2021 - 19:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
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afterglow1-17.jpgjpg afterglow1-17.jpg manage 346 K 18 Jun 2017 - 22:11 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
afterglow2-17.jpgjpg afterglow2-17.jpg manage 207 K 18 Jun 2017 - 22:11 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
afterglow3-13.jpgjpg afterglow3-13.jpg manage 67 K 27 Nov 2015 - 04:44 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
afterglow4.-12.jpgjpg afterglow4.-12.jpg manage 50 K 27 Nov 2015 - 04:44 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
afterglow4.-12bh.jpgjpg afterglow4.-12bh.jpg manage 37 K 16 Mar 2018 - 18:56 Main.Betsy881 Detail of Unser photo
aftreglow06.JPGJPG aftreglow06.JPG manage 120 K 06 Jun 2020 - 20:43 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
Topic revision: r27 - 23 Dec 2021, Harloiris
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