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■(TB) 'Celestial Snow'

1957, Bro. Charles

'Celestial Snow' (Bro. Charles Reckamp, R. 1957). Seedling# 54-23. TB, 40" (102 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-W1, Ruffled white self. 'Snow Flurry' X 'Celestial Blue'. Mission Gardens 1957. HM 1957; JC 1958; AM 1959.

'Celestial Snow' was first runner-up for the Clara B. Rees cup in 1966 with 47 votes.

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From Mission Gardens catalog, 1960: CELESTIAL SNOW (Mission Gardens 1957). A large, heavily ruffled cool white. The ruffling runs all the way around the standards and falls. The falls are very broad and flaring, the beard is white with just a touch of lemon. A vigorous grower with strong, widely branched stems. Height about 38". The Parentage is Snow Flurry crossed with Celestial Blue. If you like ruffled iris don't miss this one. $17.50
From Carey E. Quinn, “The Modern White Iris,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 166 (July 1962): 9. CELESTIAL SNOW was developed by Brother Charles, a kind of down-to-earth missionary, and introduced by the Mission he belongs to, in 1957. Here is a large, broad, flaring, cool iris that has ruffling that runs all around both the standards and the falls. The beard is white. The plant is vigorous and well branched but the feature is the ruffling. Everyone will one day grow it.
American Iris Society. (1967). Awards of the American Iris Society, 1966. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 183(October 1966), 8).
From Larry Harder, “My White Want List,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 188 (January 1968): 26. I will never give up growing for a long time the beautiful CELESTIAL SNOW that Bro. Charles gave us in 1957. It is a tall variety, and the blooms are mostly at the top of the stem, but the individual flower has not been surpassed by many of the new introductions.


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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celestialsnow01.JPGJPG celestialsnow01.JPG manage 74 K 19 Jul 2014 - 19:25 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
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celestialsnow1.JPGJPG celestialsnow1.JPG manage 542 K 20 Mar 2018 - 17:58 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the Larry Harder slide collection
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celestialsnow5.jpgjpg celestialsnow5.jpg manage 29 K 26 Nov 2018 - 18:56 Main.TLaurin Photo by Iriszkert Szasz-Hungary.
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Topic revision: r31 - 16 Apr 2022, TLaurin
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