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■(TB) 'Colortart'

1983, Innerst

'Colortart' (Sterling Innerst, R. 1983). Seedling# 424-1. TB, 36" (91 cm). Midseason bloom. Medium yellow, trimmed burgundy red; gold bronze beard. 'Frivolity' X 'Porta Villa'. Innerst 1983. Honorable Mention 1985; Favorite Guest 1986.

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Photo by Country Delight IrisPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenColleen Modra PhotoPhoto by Exline Iris GardenPhoto by Amazing Iris Garden-New ZealandPhoto by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New ZealandPhoto by Exline Iris GardenPhoto by Amazing Iris Garden-New ZealandPhoto by Across Iris Lanes GardenPhoto by SchreinerPhoto by Country Delight IrisPhoto scanned from the 1994 CooleyPhoto by SchreinerPhoto by Joe DaughertyPhoto by His Iris GardenPhoto by Iriszkert Szasz-Hungary.Photo by Alain Chapelle-FrancePhoto by NolapPhoto by The Iris Fan


From AIS Bulletin #249 April 1983 Introducing COLORTART T8, 36", mid to late season. Sdlg. 424·1: (Frivolity X Porta Villa). Medium yellow, trimmed bright burgundy-red. Very well branched, excellent form. Three branches and terminal, 7+ buds. Fertile both ways and is the pod parent of Colortrak (Innerst '82). $25.00. Sterling Innerst.
"Sterling Innerst (Pennsylvania) is one of our finer, most innovative hybridizers today, and his releases are finally getting some attention, as was evidenced by his COLORTART ('83) coming in First Runnerup for the Cook Cup. COLORTART is a tall, festive affair done in basic yellow ground, but heavily stitched, stippled, sanded, and washed in a brilliant red/magenta/wine. One will not miss it on the show bench or in the garden. The branching and height in this color pattern of plicata is commendable." [Perry Dyer (Oklahoma), “Melrose Gardens”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 263, (October 1986): 20.]


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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-- BetsyHiggins - 2010-11-08
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ColorTart011105.jpgjpg ColorTart011105.jpg manage 35 K 19 Nov 2010 - 19:28 ColleenModra Colleen Modra Photo
ColorTart12JD.JPGJPG ColorTart12JD.JPG manage 64 K 03 May 2012 - 14:04 BetsyHiggins Photo by Joe Daugherty
Colortart01.JPGJPG Colortart01.JPG manage 69 K 22 Nov 2014 - 04:01 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Colortart010.JPGJPG Colortart010.JPG manage 120 K 13 Aug 2021 - 21:25 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Colortart02.jpgjpg Colortart02.jpg manage 24 K 19 Jul 2017 - 20:25 TerryLaurin Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
Colortart03.jpgjpg Colortart03.jpg manage 82 K 26 Jan 2021 - 16:14 TerryLaurin Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
ColortartNN.jpgjpg ColortartNN.jpg manage 46 K 06 Nov 2011 - 17:57 BetsyHiggins Photo by Nola's Iris Garden
ColortartTIF.jpgjpg ColortartTIF.jpg manage 19 K 04 Dec 2011 - 20:43 BetsyHiggins pPhoto by The Iris Fan
colortart01.jpgjpg colortart01.jpg manage 67 K 13 Nov 2014 - 21:34 TerryLaurin Photo by Country Delight Iris
colortart02.jpgjpg colortart02.jpg manage 58 K 21 Dec 2014 - 02:58 TerryLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
colortart03.JPGJPG colortart03.JPG manage 70 K 31 Dec 2014 - 16:24 TerryLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
colortart04.jpgjpg colortart04.jpg manage 91 K 06 Jun 2015 - 02:31 TerryLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
colortart05.jpgjpg colortart05.jpg manage 47 K 20 Aug 2015 - 20:25 TerryLaurin Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
colortart06.jpgjpg colortart06.jpg manage 106 K 23 Aug 2015 - 15:36 TerryLaurin Photo by Across Iris Lanes Garden
colortart07.jpgjpg colortart07.jpg manage 28 K 10 Jul 2013 - 23:35 TerryLaurin Photo by Schreiner's Iris Gardens
colortart08.jpgjpg colortart08.jpg manage 559 K 30 Dec 2015 - 22:25 TerryLaurin Photo by Country Delight Iris
colortart09.JPGJPG colortart09.JPG manage 368 K 01 Feb 2021 - 13:39 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1994 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
colortart1.jpgjpg colortart1.jpg manage 350 K 03 Oct 2016 - 02:00 TerryLaurin Photo by Schreiner's Iris Gardens
colortart22.jpgjpg colortart22.jpg manage 66 K 29 Jan 2011 - 21:49 BetsyHiggins Photo by His Iris Garden
colortart3.jpgjpg colortart3.jpg manage 43 K 27 Nov 2018 - 03:50 TerryLaurin Photo by Iriszkert Szasz-Hungary.
colortart9.jpgjpg colortart9.jpg manage 89 K 07 Nov 2013 - 02:19 TerryLaurin Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
Topic revision: r36 - 21 Jan 2023, DougChyz
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