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■(TB) 'Azure Apogee'

1967, Durrance

'Azure Apogee' (John Durrance by Long, Selector, R. 1967). Seedling D63-3. TB, 35" (89 cm), Midseason late bloom. Color Class-BlP, Light blue self; deep blue beard. Seedling D59-75 X 'Lynn Reid'. Long 1967. President's Cup 1967; Honorable Mention 1968; Judges Choice 1968; Award of Merit 1970.

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Photo by HIPS ArchivesPhoto scanned from the Larry Harder slide collectionAzure ApogeePhoto scanned from the 1971 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin


Hybridizers continue to strive for white with a blue beard, but the closest approach to the goal are the pale blue irises AZURE APOGEE and 'ELOQUENT'. Both are serenely beautiful with beards which are in fine contrast to the petal coloring. AZURE APOGEE has only moderate increase, so we can hope that ELOQUENT will be better in that category. So far it is. [Mullin, Ron (1971). Irises I Like, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 11.]
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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 - 2010-09-19
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Azure_Apogee.JPGJPG Azure_Apogee.JPG manage 45 K 30 Jan 2011 - 20:07 IrisP  
azure01.JPGJPG azure01.JPG manage 1 MB 19 Mar 2016 - 13:16 TerryLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
azure02.JPGJPG azure02.JPG manage 548 K 11 Mar 2018 - 21:47 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Larry Harder slide collection
azureapogee1.JPGJPG azureapogee1.JPG manage 326 K 28 Sep 2020 - 01:24 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1971 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r19 - 09 Apr 2024, DougChyz
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