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■(TB) 'Bluebird Blue'

1953, Fay

'Bluebird Blue' (Orville Fay, R. 1952) TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Self, medium violet-blue (Wilson 042). 'Helen McGregor' X 'Cahokia'. Fay 1953. Honorable Mention 1954; Award of Merit, RHS, 1958.

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Image from 1958 Eden Road catalogBluebird BluePhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto scanned from the 1959 Walter Marx Gardens catalogue by Terry LaurinPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden


From Fay catalog, 1956: Bluebird Blue 56.00 (1953) No. 49-28- Helen McGregor X Cahokia. Large, full, round and tailored flowers of the clearest shade of medium blue. Does not fade. Beard white tipped lemon. Well branched 36-inch bloom stem. Very nice plants; have withstood 25 degrees below zero without damage. Mid-season. H.C.1950; H M. 1954.


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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-- RolandDejoux - 2010-03-25
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BlueValleyBHI1.JPGJPG BlueValleyBHI1.JPG manage 76 K 11 Aug 2021 - 22:17 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Bluebird Blue TB 1958 Eden Road.pngpng Bluebird Blue TB 1958 Eden Road.png manage 477 K 07 Feb 2024 - 14:13 EdenSprings Image from 1958 Eden Road catalog
BluebirdBlue01.JPGJPG BluebirdBlue01.JPG manage 94 K 20 Nov 2014 - 21:57 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Bluebird_Blue.JPGJPG Bluebird_Blue.JPG manage 39 K 31 Jan 2011 - 06:07 IrisP  
bluebirdblue1.JPGJPG bluebirdblue1.JPG manage 52 K 24 Apr 2020 - 02:15 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1959 Walter Marx Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r18 - 07 Feb 2024, EdenSprings
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