, 1855). TB, Midseason bloom, Color code B1L. Sweet fragrance. High Commendation (R.H.S.) 1903, shown by Barr; High Commendation (R.H.S.) 1916.
| From Cornell Bulletin 112: "Color effect a delicate azure-blue self. Standards pallid blue-violet. falls pallid bluish violet, lighter along the whitish, yellow-tipped beard. The surface texture of the standards is crumpled, while that of the falls is slightly cockled. This plant is especially useful for its cool blue color and mass produced by the numerous smallish flowers. Its vigorous growth, well-borne flowers, and soft color continue to make it a favorite. Rating 71"
| From Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1930: "CELESTE (Lemon, 1855). Flowers of clear azure blue with suggestions of clean white throughout. Open flowers carried gracefully on thirty-inch stems - $0.25."
| From Lovett's Nursery, Spring wholesale trade list: 1944: "H. Cramer*, Celestial blue. $0.70 per 10, $5.00 per 100." *Syn. for 'CELESTE'; Spring wholesale trade list 1944
| Peckham, E. (Ed.). (1940). Alphabetical iris check list: 1939. The American Iris Society.
Caelestina, Coeleste, Coelstin (Floy 1852), Coelestina, Coelestis (Lémon 1855; Verd. 1858), Edna (B & A), Halleneriana* (Buster, n.d.; Wing, n.d.; Gillot 1928; Tur 1921), H. Cramer (J.T. Lovett 1944), Lady Frances, Pallida Celeste, Pulcherrima.
Van H. 1864; F. & P. 1884; Macoun (n.d.); Far 1912; Wing 1920; Tur. 1921; Gillot 1928; Long. 1930; Berry 1938; Kat. 1939; * J. T. Lovett 1944; Buster
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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.
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