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■(TB) 'Center Fold'

1977, Niswonger

'Center Fold' (O. David Niswonger, R. 1976). Seedling# 12-73. TB, 29" (74 cm). Early bloom. Standards flesh colored with touch of pink; falls same, but lighter, 1/4" slightly deeper band around edge, hints of green and blue in center; white-based beard tipped pink; ruffled and lightly laced. Seedling# 2-70: ('Lilac Treat' x 'Raspberry Ripples') X (('Sapphire Fuzz' x 'Rippling Waters') x ('Sapphire Fuzz' x 'Pink Flurry')). Niswonger 1977. Honorable Mention 1979.

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From AIS Bulletin #225 Spring 1977 Introducing CENTER FOLD (Niswonger '77). 12-73: 2-70: Lilac Treat x Raspberry Ripples) X ((16-68: Sapphire Fuzz x Rippling Waters) x (7-67: Sapphire Fuzz x Pink Flurry)). TB, 29", Early, fertile both ways, LO/PO. This flesh-colored (with a healthy tint of pink), ruffled iris could easily win the centerfold of any iris catalog. Even though it has a four bud count, the substance is heavy, and the blooms last five days. The pollen parent was a pink with a blue beard, but it bloomed without increase. The seed parent has a lavender, tipped tangerine beard, so this iris is a "must have" for those who are breeding pinks with blue beards. The standards are darker than the falls, and there is a hint of a pink band on the falls, so it might also be helpful in pink-banded breeding. If you're not a hybridizer, you will enjoy the unusual beauty of this iris in your garden. $25.00. Cape Iris.


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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