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■(TB) 'Amas'

1885, Foster

German Iris

'Amas' (Sir Michael Foster, 1885, Collected, Amasia). TB; Color code =B3M, 30" (75 cm), Early bloom. Standards paler blue; falls deep blue purple, prominent beard bluish white hairs tipped orange.

See below:


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The Bulletin of The American Iris Society gives "Flowers large; early; light hyssop violet; Falls smooth petunia violet; stalk low and very well-branched; growth vigorous; 30 in. Details. Standards very finely veined, floppy; beard bluish white, orange tipped. One of the best germanicas, the parent of 'Oriflame' and many other large hybrids. The pollen only is fertile. As a parent it carries its size, height, often its color and poor substance." Despite this quote 'Dorcas Hutcheson' and 'Ursula' are said to be from pods on 'Amas'. 2n=48. Dammann 1895; also considered by some as synonymous with 'Macrantha'. Generally classed as Iris germanica L..
Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society 15: 3 Oct. 1889; Dammann 1895, Farr 1912, Francis 1920; Wing 1920; Cornell Arigricultural Experiment Station Memoir 100: 79 1926 illustrated, Berry 1929; Perry 1938; Tip Top 1938, Vilmorin 1938; Katkamier 1939, Gilbert Wild & Sons 1939, _Journal Royal Horticultural Society 53: Pt 1, 131January 1928 Trials, High Commendation Royal Horticultural society 1916; AAclix.
See also information on the Historic Iris preservation Society website


Amas was one of the most important "Germanica" cultivars in the creation of the modern tetraploid tall-bearded Irises. Here is a list of it first generation crosses;

'Alcazar', 'Ambassadeur', 'Angelo', 'Anne Bullen', 'Arac', 'Autumn Haze',
'Autumn King', 'Blue Bird', 'Blue Gown', 'Dominion', 'Dorcas Hutcheson', 'Dulcimer',
'Souv. De Mme Gaudichau', 'Speed', 'Susa', 'Tartarin', 'Ursula'.
'Edouard Michel', 'Eleanor Roosevelt', 'Frida', 'Grenville', 'Harbinger', 'Ib-Mac',
'Juliet', 'Kiltealy Shy Blue', 'Lady Grey', 'Lent A. Williamson', 'Lochinvar', 'Lord Of June',
'Magnifica', 'Mons. Chaber', 'Mrs. Walter Brewster', 'Neptune', 'Palmyra', 'Papio',
'Phyllis Bliss', 'Prospero', 'Pumilac', 'René Cayeux', Sarpedon', 'Sir John Eaton',


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 - 2010-03-31
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1885Amas.jpgjpg 1885Amas.jpg manage 27 K 18 Jun 2017 - 02:45 UnknownUser Photo by Daniel Boris,Iris Du Grand Barbu-France
1amas_2jb.jpgjpg 1amas_2jb.jpg manage 301 K 08 Mar 2017 - 17:40 Main.Harloiris Photo by John Black, zone 4, Montana
73407915-6462-4FB8-BCE2-14B02BE04053.jpegjpeg 73407915-6462-4FB8-BCE2-14B02BE04053.jpeg manage 3 MB 27 Feb 2023 - 07:49 BeverlySteiner Amas
AMAS.jpgjpg AMAS.jpg manage 226 K 05 Aug 2013 - 01:42 Main.LTE46951 Photo By Leon Elliott: My Garden
Amas.JPGJPG Amas.JPG manage 71 K 30 Jan 2011 - 18:54 IrisP  
Amas.jpgjpg Amas.jpg manage 23 K 10 Nov 2010 - 18:43 UnknownUser Curtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Amas12.jpgjpg Amas12.jpg manage 77 K 10 Jul 2021 - 22:29 UnknownUser Photo by Sandor Szasz-Iriszkert-Hungary
AmasBHI.jpgjpg AmasBHI.jpg manage 61 K 14 Apr 2012 - 14:42 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
AmasBHI1.JPGJPG AmasBHI1.JPG manage 79 K 10 Aug 2021 - 02:56 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
AmasRT.jpgjpg AmasRT.jpg manage 25 K 22 Jan 2012 - 14:53 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
AmasTIF.jpgjpg AmasTIF.jpg manage 28 K 04 Dec 2011 - 15:56 Main.Betsy881 Photo by The Iris Fan
Amas_Cornell.jpgjpg Amas_Cornell.jpg manage 178 K 28 Jan 2014 - 15:40 UnknownUser Sand, Austin W. W. A Study of Pogoniris Varieties. 1925. Ithaca: Cornell University. 79. Historical Iris Preservation Society Photocopy edition, 2003. Print.
PXL_20220513_154501048.jpgjpg PXL_20220513_154501048.jpg manage 1 MB 15 May 2022 - 19:57 EmilyHershey Amas
amas01.jpgjpg amas01.jpg manage 138 K 07 Feb 2017 - 15:44 UnknownUser Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
amas02.jpgjpg amas02.jpg manage 38 K 27 May 2017 - 23:43 UnknownUser Photo by Sandy Gessner Eggertson-Merlebleu Iris Garden-Manitoba,Canada
amas07.jpgjpg amas07.jpg manage 81 K 09 Jul 2013 - 00:45 UnknownUser Photo by Schreiner's Iris Gardens
amas1.JPGJPG amas1.JPG manage 478 K 29 Apr 2019 - 22:02 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Carol Lankow slide collection
amas2.JPGJPG amas2.JPG manage 412 K 29 Apr 2019 - 22:05 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Carol Lankow slide collection
amas3.JPGJPG amas3.JPG manage 382 K 29 Apr 2019 - 22:07 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Carol Lankow slide collection
amas5.JPGJPG amas5.JPG manage 112 K 21 Dec 2021 - 21:39 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amas50.JPGJPG amas50.JPG manage 270 K 21 Dec 2021 - 21:39 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amas6.JPGJPG amas6.JPG manage 590 K 27 Apr 2018 - 01:15 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amas7.JPGJPG amas7.JPG manage 550 K 27 Apr 2018 - 01:14 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amas8.JPGJPG amas8.JPG manage 545 K 27 Apr 2018 - 01:11 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amas9.JPGJPG amas9.JPG manage 82 K 12 Sep 2013 - 14:39 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
amasrhoades.jpgjpg amasrhoades.jpg manage 124 K 01 Feb 2022 - 13:34 UnknownUser Photo by Martha Rhoades
amos09.JPGJPG amos09.JPG manage 198 K 08 Dec 2021 - 16:11 UnknownUser Photo by Kate Brewitt-2014 Hudson Valley Iris & Daylily Society Spring Weekend
rsz_amas_1.jpgjpg rsz_amas_1.jpg manage 398 K 29 Mar 2016 - 19:26 Main.Harloiris Photo by John Black, growing in Montana, zone 4
Topic revision: r60 - 27 Feb 2023, BrewItt
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