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■(TB) 'Australis'

1861, Todaro

'Australis' (Augustino Todaro, 1861, Italy). TB; Late midseason bloom. Color Class-B1L; "Standards pallid blue-violet, slightly more violet, reticulated with red-brown; carriage domed, arching to overarched; blade obovate, notched, undulate, ruffled and frilled, revolute, smooth; size 2 ½ in. wide, 3 ¼ in. long. Falls pale hortense violet to lighter, reticulated with grayish on inner haft; carriage drooping to recurved; wedge-shaped, convex, oval; smooth; size 2 ¼ in. wide, 3 ¼ in. long. Beard coarse, dense, considerably projecting, white, tipped with yellow at base; haft very broad, channeled; reticulations broad, equally spaced; style-branches broad, overarching, bluish; crest large, fringed; pollen plentiful; spathe-valves scarious; Krelage 1876; Pleasant fragrance. Iris pallida Lam..

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From Bonnewitz catalog, 1927: AUSTRALIS. Pallida Dalmatica type, with a little more rose in its coloring than that variety. Late. Tall and vigorous like Clio $0.35.
Nouv. Gen. e Spec. 3: 49. 1861 Krelage, 1876 Journ. Linn. Soc. Lon. 16: 146. 1878; Nyman, Consp. Fl. eur. 700. 1882 Foster, Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society 15: 3. October 1889; Bonwitz 1920; Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station Memoir 100: 95. July 1926, illustrated. Journal Royal Horticultural Society 55: Pt. 1, 116-160. January 1928, Trials. Award of Merit, RHS. shown by Kelway.


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 - 2012-03-30
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AustralisBHI.JPGJPG AustralisBHI.JPG manage 608 K 16 May 2018 - 18:19 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
AustralisBkCBHI.JPGJPG AustralisBkCBHI.JPG manage 592 K 16 May 2018 - 18:20 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Australis_Cornell.jpgjpg Australis_Cornell.jpg manage 172 K 28 Jan 2014 - 20:15 UnknownUser Sand, Austin W. W. Memoir 100. A Study of Pogoniris Varieties. July 1926. Ithaca: Cornell University. 95. Historical Iris Preservation Society Photocopy edition, 2003. Print.
australis9.JPGJPG australis9.JPG manage 352 K 07 May 2023 - 10:55 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
australis90.JPGJPG australis90.JPG manage 310 K 04 Apr 2024 - 20:05 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
australis91.JPGJPG australis91.JPG manage 164 K 04 Apr 2024 - 20:06 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
australis92.JPGJPG australis92.JPG manage 251 K 04 Apr 2024 - 20:06 UnknownUser Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
Topic revision: r15 - 04 Apr 2024, TLaurin
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