, R. 1943). TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class B1M. Medium blue Self. 'Missouri'
X 'Great Lakes'
. Wills 1944. Honorable Mention 1944; Award of Merit 1946; American Dykes Medal 1947
| 1949 Checklist citations: Bull. A.I.S. 94:3 August 1944; Bull. A.I.S. 106:125 July 1947
| Ranking high among survivors of the past is CHIVALRY. Introduced by Jesse Wills, in 1944, it skyrocketed to fame and immortality, winning the Dykes Medal in 1947 and maintaining a position on the Symposium since 1945. As a forerunner of good things to come, CHIVALRY fulfilled its destiny, bringing substance, ruffling, and improved form into the blues. Probably no other iris, with the possible exception of 'Snow Flurry', has been a parent so often; and, undoubtedly no other cross has been repeated as many times, or as advantageously, as SNOW FLURRY X CHIVALRY. Mrs. J. R. Hamblen, "Drama of Progress", A.I.S. Bulletin 161 (April 1961): 9.
| Wills, Jesse E., "Nashville's Iris Season." AIS Bulletin No. 90 (Jul 1943); pg. 10: Three seedlings in my garden were named this year. No, 191-1-41, MISSOURI X GREAT LAKES, was registered as CHIVALRY. It is a medium blue, broad hafted, ruffled flower, with flaring falls. It bloomed for the first time in 1941. In 1942 it was good, but short, as were many other plants [due to extreme cold weather], but this year it came up in height again.
| "Chivalry appears to be the most highly rated iris in America at the moment. As I saw it it was not well placed and I was not impressed with the colour which seemed thick and inky." Gwendolyn Anley, (England), “American Irises in English Gardens,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 107, “Iris Ramblings” (October 1947): 7.
| CHIVALRY (Wills, 1944): A finished iris of excellent form, slightly ruffled metallic blue. Schirmer. One of the outstanding iris of the year. Calif. “Varietal Comments” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 103, (October 1946): 60.
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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