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■(TB) 'Champagne Elegance'

1987, Niswonger

'Champagne Elegance' (O. David Niswonger, R. 1986). Seedling 23-81. TB, 33" (84 cm). Midseason bloom. Standards pale lavender pink; Falls light buffy apricot; amber beard. B. Blyth seedling H 116-1: (('Magnetic Isle' x 'Rhythm And Blues') x 'Snowlight') X seedling 7-78: ('Coral Strand' x 'Peach Spot'). Cape Iris 1987. High Commendation 1986; Honorable Mention 1989; Award of Merit 1991.

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From AIS Bulletin #265 April 1987 Introducing CHAMPAGNE ELEGANCE (Niswonger' 87) Sdlg. 23-81: Blyth H. 116-1: ((Magnetic Isle x Rhythm and Blues) x Snowlight) X (Coral Strand x Peach Spot). TB, 33" (84 cm), M. Sets seed reluctantly, pollen fertile. If you are a lover of pastels, as I am, you will enjoy this beauty with pale lavender-pink standards and light buffy apricot falls. A pale bicolor that is unusual with all the other good qualities. HC '86. $30.00. Cape Iris.
From Moonshine Gardens catalog, 1989: CHAMPAGNE ELEGANCE ('87 Niswonger) 33" M. S. very pale lavender-pink; F. light silvery champagne (buffy apricot); amber beards. As of this writing there are a few stupendously superior irises, in my book, each that as I focus in on it would seem to be my numero uno top favorite. All of these are rebloomers, possessing such high quality and overall qualities that they would be "must-haves" even if they never rebloomed for anyone. Things like JENNIFER REBECCA, DESIGNER GOWN, WHITE REPRISE, LIGHT BEAM, ORANGE HARVEST, CORAL CHALICE, FOXY LADY, MANY HAPPY RETURNS and MOTHER EARTH, BREAKERS and BEST BET, HONEY GLAZED, AZURE GEM, LEPRECHAUN'S DELIGHT and RAINBOW SHERBERT, DITTO, not to mention a few of my own intros, but above all of these heartthrobs shimmers CHAMPAGNE ELEGANCE! A perfect iris in every single respect, consistently, and it has the most unique and delectable coloring that varies, always remaining a pastel vision of ultra loveliness! WOW!!! The standards were true powder blue here last spring, infused pink from the midribs. At Melrose in October of '87 they were white and last summer here they were a super pale lavender-pink. The falls and beards vary too - sometimes quite a bit of apricot and/or pink in the falls, sometimes practically none, it often has some blended gold at the hafts and the beards have gone from gold to amber, sometimes with some tangerine. From one rhizome planted in '87 it bloomed in the spring and then again during the summer unfazed by our 100°-105° heat (2 stalks in July and another in August). Rave RE reports are already pouring in from all over the country too, from Nebraska to New Mexico, even from England! Low pod fertility but I've found its pollen to be super potent! Hallelujah!! We've stocked tons more of this--anticipating tremendous demand. $16.50


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.

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-- MichaelGreenfield - 2009-12-30
  • it rebloomed in July 16th 2013, in south of France (Hyères) - Iris en Provence. -- AlainFranco - 2013-07-16
  • TB 'Champagne Elegance' was blooming at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, approximately June 1-6. There was only 1 rhizome that bloomed in a clump that had just been replanted in 2016. -- HollyJohnson2017 -04-01 - 14 Aug 2017
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
CHAMPAGNEELEGANCE01.jpgjpg CHAMPAGNEELEGANCE01.jpg manage 136 K 11 Nov 2015 - 03:47 UnknownUser Photo by La Ferme Des Iris-France
Champagene_Elegance_TB_O._D._Niswonger.jpgjpg Champagene_Elegance_TB_O._D._Niswonger.jpg manage 64 K 18 Sep 2014 - 03:07 Main.georgebacon Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
Champagne01.JPGJPG Champagne01.JPG manage 78 K 11 Mar 2015 - 20:03 UnknownUser Photo by Tara Perennial Farm,Owen Sound,Ontario
ChampagneElegance-2014-G.JPGJPG ChampagneElegance-2014-G.JPG manage 33 K 29 Nov 2015 - 14:44 JoelleFRANJEULLE Iriseraie de Gombault joëlle Franjeulle Sologne FRANCE, photo Gerard RAFFAELLI
ChampagneElegance-2015-1.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance-2015-1.jpg manage 41 K 29 Nov 2015 - 14:44 JoelleFRANJEULLE Iriseraie de Gombault Photo by Joëlle Franjeulle Sologne FRANCE
ChampagneElegance02.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance02.jpg manage 55 K 03 Nov 2014 - 20:50 UnknownUser Photo by Ogden Station Daylilies
ChampagneElegance03.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance03.jpg manage 63 K 21 Nov 2014 - 23:42 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
ChampagneElegance04.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance04.jpg manage 82 K 06 Apr 2015 - 13:29 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the John Weiler slide collection
ChampagneElegance05.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance05.jpg manage 74 K 06 Apr 2015 - 13:40 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the John Weiler slide collection
ChampagneElegance06.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance06.jpg manage 116 K 14 Sep 2017 - 18:37 UnknownUser Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
ChampagneElegance091105.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance091105.jpg manage 16 K 19 Nov 2010 - 19:06 ColleenModra Colleen Modra Photo
ChampagneElegance12.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance12.jpg manage 53 K 05 Sep 2013 - 16:27 UnknownUser Photo by Echo Iris Garden
ChampagneElegance17.JPGJPG ChampagneElegance17.JPG manage 51 K 21 Feb 2014 - 20:02 UnknownUser Photo by Darius Gusas-Lithuania
ChampagneElegance18.JPGJPG ChampagneElegance18.JPG manage 56 K 21 Feb 2014 - 20:03 UnknownUser Photo by Darius Gusas-Lithuania
ChampagneElegance4.jpgjpg ChampagneElegance4.jpg manage 39 K 23 Mar 2018 - 22:27 UnknownUser Photo by Nola's Iris Garden
ChampagneEleganceAA.jpgjpg ChampagneEleganceAA.jpg manage 58 K 14 Feb 2011 - 15:56 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Argyle Acres
ChampagneEleganceTIF.jpgjpg ChampagneEleganceTIF.jpg manage 38 K 04 Dec 2011 - 20:29 Main.Betsy881 Photo by The Iris Fan
Champagne_Elegance.jpgjpg Champagne_Elegance.jpg manage 43 K 30 Dec 2009 - 03:36 MichaelGreenfield Photo by Mike Greenfield
Champagne_Elegance_Niswonger_87.jpejpe Champagne_Elegance_Niswonger_87.jpe manage 69 K 04 Jan 2010 - 11:53 Main.Laymont+ by Dejoux in my garden : sud-ouest France
Champagne_Elegance_fl.jpgjpg Champagne_Elegance_fl.jpg manage 32 K 07 Mar 2011 - 06:28 IrisP  
Iris Champagne Elegance (4).JPGJPG Iris Champagne Elegance (4).JPG manage 424 K 06 Feb 2023 - 22:25 EliseAMANN Iris Champagne Elegance
Iris Champagne elegance (3).JPGJPG Iris Champagne elegance (3).JPG manage 376 K 06 Feb 2023 - 22:25 EliseAMANN Iris Champagne Elegance
champageelegance03.jpgjpg champageelegance03.jpg manage 71 K 14 May 2014 - 03:03 UnknownUser Photo by Matilija Nursery
champagne01.jpgjpg champagne01.jpg manage 55 K 02 Jun 2015 - 23:55 UnknownUser Photo by Ross Eagles-Diversity Acres
champagne02.jpgjpg champagne02.jpg manage 42 K 08 May 2015 - 19:00 UnknownUser Photo by Burgard Iris Farm
champagne03.jpgjpg champagne03.jpg manage 75 K 04 Jun 2015 - 21:34 UnknownUser Photo by Exline Iris Garden
champagne04.jpgjpg champagne04.jpg manage 103 K 25 Feb 2016 - 03:44 UnknownUser Photo by Kelways-United Kingdom
champagneElegance06.jpgjpg champagneElegance06.jpg manage 67 K 16 Apr 2015 - 22:31 UnknownUser Photo by AIS Archives
champagneele02.jpgjpg champagneele02.jpg manage 54 K 06 Jul 2014 - 12:06 UnknownUser Photo by Matilija Nursery
champagneelegamce6.JPGJPG champagneelegamce6.JPG manage 172 K 27 Oct 2022 - 02:28 UnknownUser Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens-reblooming October 2022
champagneelegance01.jpgjpg champagneelegance01.jpg manage 30 K 14 Dec 2014 - 13:53 UnknownUser Photo By Steve Sayers
champagneelegance02.jpgjpg champagneelegance02.jpg manage 60 K 20 Dec 2014 - 21:36 UnknownUser Photo by Exline Iris Garden
champagneelegance03.jpgjpg champagneelegance03.jpg manage 181 K 27 Dec 2017 - 22:11 UnknownUser Photo by Christine Cosi-France
champagneelegance04.jpgjpg champagneelegance04.jpg manage 84 K 22 Mar 2016 - 14:23 UnknownUser Photo by Tatiyana Dudka-Cvetok Iris-Russia
champagneelegance05.jpgjpg champagneelegance05.jpg manage 88 K 22 Mar 2016 - 14:24 UnknownUser Photo by Tatiyana Dudka-Cvetok Iris-Russia
champagneelegance06.jpgjpg champagneelegance06.jpg manage 66 K 22 Mar 2016 - 14:27 UnknownUser Photo by Tatiyana Dudka-Cvetok Iris-Russia
champagneelegance07.jpgjpg champagneelegance07.jpg manage 128 K 16 Mar 2017 - 21:09 UnknownUser Photo by Judy Tapio-Jubilee Gardens
champagneelegance08.jpgjpg champagneelegance08.jpg manage 70 K 10 Jul 2013 - 03:08 UnknownUser Photo by Schreiner's Iris Gardens
champagneelegance09.JPGJPG champagneelegance09.JPG manage 185 K 14 Mar 2020 - 18:56 UnknownUser Photo by Rene Martin-France
champagneelegance11.jpgjpg champagneelegance11.jpg manage 45 K 23 Aug 2013 - 19:30 UnknownUser Photo by Pleasants Valley Iris Farm
champagneelegance14.jpgjpg champagneelegance14.jpg manage 76 K 11 Sep 2013 - 20:07 UnknownUser Photo by Bonnie's Irises
champagneelegance15.jpgjpg champagneelegance15.jpg manage 58 K 07 Nov 2013 - 18:31 UnknownUser Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
champagneelegance16.jpgjpg champagneelegance16.jpg manage 61 K 22 Jan 2014 - 20:52 UnknownUser Photo by Iris of Sissinghurst,UK
champagneelegance4.jpgjpg champagneelegance4.jpg manage 289 K 03 Oct 2016 - 01:43 UnknownUser Photo by Schreiner's Iris Gardens
champagneelegance7.jpgjpg champagneelegance7.jpg manage 43 K 10 May 2013 - 12:30 UnknownUser Photo by Comanche Acres Iris Gardens
champagneelegance8.jpgjpg champagneelegance8.jpg manage 272 K 24 Nov 2017 - 03:33 UnknownUser Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
champagneelegance9.jpgjpg champagneelegance9.jpg manage 41 K 01 Aug 2013 - 19:45 UnknownUser Photo by Colin Campbell,
champaneelegance13.jpgjpg champaneelegance13.jpg manage 64 K 09 Sep 2013 - 02:25 UnknownUser Photo by Matilija Nursery
Topic revision: r69 - 07 Nov 2023, Harloiris
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