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■(TB) 'Captain Gallant'

1959, Schmelzer

'Captain Gallant' (Hazel Schmelzer, R. 1957). Seedling# 555-H-57. TB, 36" (91 cm). Early to late bloom. Color Class-R1, Red self, on orange side, no purple; orange-brown beard. Tompkins seedling# 52-107 X 'Privateer'. Schmelzer 1959. High Commendation 1958; Cook-Lapham Cup 1963.

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From AIS Bulletin #153, April 1959: Introduction: CAPTAIN GALLANT-THE RED IRIS that IS red thruout. A complete self in rich deep red, with no purple influence at all, there are no haft markings or any other color to detract, even the beard blends perfectly. Very broad standards are ruffled and firmly held; the ruffled semi-flaring falls are wide at the haft and rather pointed at the bottom. Gorgeous, huge blooms of extra heavy substance that do not burn regardless of heat or hot winds. Perfect branching on thirty-seven and one half-inch stalks. Very long blooming season and a fast increaser. H.C. 1958. "The finest red iris in existence" and "The first true improvement in red iris since The Red Douglas" are the remarks of the dealers who have seen this absolutely sensational red iris. $30.00. SCHMELZER'S GARDEN.
From Cooley's Gardens catalog for 1963: "This brand new red has probably more advanced fanfare than any other in its color class. Several breeders of today's finest reds have told us, after seeing it, that it is probably the finest red to date. The introducer calls it 'the red Iris that is red throughout, with no purple marks and no haft markings.' Huge in size and holds its color in heat or wind.
Historic Iris Preservation Society gallery link.


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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captain-gallant1.jpgjpg captain-gallant1.jpg manage 48 K 13 Sep 2015 - 18:04 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
captaingallant-jb.jpgjpg captaingallant-jb.jpg manage 57 K 16 Feb 2013 - 14:07 Main.Harloiris photo courtesy Mike Unser
captaingallant01.JPGJPG captaingallant01.JPG manage 1003 K 20 Mar 2018 - 15:26 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Larry Harder slide collection
captaingallant02.JPGJPG captaingallant02.JPG manage 76 K 26 Jun 2014 - 03:20 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Bee Warburton slide collection
captaingallant09.JPGJPG captaingallant09.JPG manage 173 K 05 Jan 2022 - 20:46 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
captaingallant090.JPGJPG captaingallant090.JPG manage 144 K 05 Jan 2022 - 20:46 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
captaingallant5.JPGJPG captaingallant5.JPG manage 161 K 27 Jun 2023 - 19:03 UnknownUser Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
captaingallant9.JPGJPG captaingallant9.JPG manage 370 K 19 Jan 2021 - 16:21 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the 1965 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
rsz_captaingallant-jb.jpgjpg rsz_captaingallant-jb.jpg manage 71 K 29 Dec 2012 - 22:24 Main.Harloiris photo by Sharon Hall
Topic revision: r22 - 13 Apr 2024, WayneMesser
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