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■(TB) 'Blue Luster'

1973, Brown

'Blue Luster' (Opal Brown, R. 1973). Seedling # 70-1E4. TB, 38" (97 cm). Midseason bloom. Standards blue (between RHS 93C and D); ruffled; falls violet-blue; blue beard. 'Bluebell Lane' X 'Violet Favor'. Brown's Sunnyhill Gardens 1973. High Commendation 1972 (under seedling 70-1E-4); Honorable Mention 1974; Award of Merit 1976.

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From AIS Bulletin #209 April 1973 Introducing BLUE LUSTER (0. L. Brown '73). TB, Mid. 38". Giant flowers with domed standards and wide semiflaring falls. Beautifully ruffled medium blue with lustrous eye-catching blue beard. Branching is excellent, 9 and 10 buds. HC '72 under #70-1E4. Net $25.00. Brown's Sunnyhill Gardens.
BLUE LUSTER (O. Brown '73), in my opinion a true masterpiece. I must have had my back turned at the wrong time that year, as I didn't obtain it when it was introduced so had to be satisfied viewing it in other gardens-and how hard that was on me! It is a deep, somehow warm, tone of blue with beards of the same color, and as you're drawn close to it you pick up its lovely fragrance. Although a little short in my garden, 1975 was a happier year because I had it growing there. James McWhirter, “Reflections and Anticipations,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, Vol. 57, No. 221 (April 1976): 8.]
From 1987 Schreiner's catalog: BLUE LUSTER (O. Brown 1973) ML. 36". An imposing very smooth evenly colored rich blue self, silken-like texture and a lustrous blue beard. Very good substance and extremely smooth finish. Excellent branching with many buds. HM '74. AM '76. $4.00
BLUE LUSTER (Opal Brown) - A lustrous deep blue with an even deeper blue beard. Great form and always throws show stalks. Color varies a bit from year to year with different weather conditions. [Perry Dyer, “A Tall bearded Collection for the Beginner”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 237 (April 1980): 35.


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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BLUELUSTER01.jpgjpg BLUELUSTER01.jpg manage 159 K 11 Nov 2015 - 03:20 Main.TLaurin Photo by La Ferme Des Iris-France
Blue Luster TB--1987 Schreiners.pngpng Blue Luster TB--1987 Schreiners.png manage 594 K 29 Aug 2022 - 20:51 EdenSprings Image from 1987 Schreiner's catalog.
BlueLuster01.JPGJPG BlueLuster01.JPG manage 51 K 20 Nov 2014 - 18:58 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
BlueLuster02.JPGJPG BlueLuster02.JPG manage 80 K 11 Aug 2021 - 19:20 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
IMG_7074.jpgjpg IMG_7074.jpg manage 393 K 04 Jan 2019 - 18:38 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski, Thelma Boose Garden 2016, Winston-Salem, NC.
Iris_germanica_Blue_Luster.JPGJPG Iris_germanica_Blue_Luster.JPG manage 72 K 28 Feb 2010 - 14:53 Main.chinon36 photo taken in the Parc Floral de Vincennes, Paris, France, zone 7
blueluster01.jpgjpg blueluster01.jpg manage 19 K 11 Sep 2014 - 21:32 Main.TLaurin Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
blueluster02.JPGJPG blueluster02.JPG manage 78 K 06 May 2014 - 16:55 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
blueluster03.JPGJPG blueluster03.JPG manage 71 K 06 May 2014 - 16:57 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
blueluster04.jpgjpg blueluster04.jpg manage 57 K 19 Sep 2015 - 18:24 Main.TLaurin Photo by IRIS 4 U Garden
blueluster09.JPGJPG blueluster09.JPG manage 408 K 25 Jan 2021 - 03:42 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1994 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
blueluster1.JPGJPG blueluster1.JPG manage 1 MB 07 Dec 2016 - 18:15 Main.TLaurin Photo from Glenn Corlew slide collection
blueluster5.JPGJPG blueluster5.JPG manage 201 K 06 Mar 2023 - 15:59 Main.TLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin -1974 AIS Convention-F. Stepheson Garden
blueluster7.JPGJPG blueluster7.JPG manage 203 K 23 Feb 2020 - 22:55 Main.TLaurin Photo by Rene Martin-France
blueluster8.JPGJPG blueluster8.JPG manage 222 K 23 Feb 2020 - 22:53 Main.TLaurin Photo by Rene Martin-France
blueluster9.JPGJPG blueluster9.JPG manage 221 K 23 Feb 2020 - 22:52 Main.TLaurin Photo by Rene Martin-France
Topic revision: r41 - 06 Mar 2023, TLaurin
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