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■(TB) 'Communique'

1980, McWhirter

'Communique' (James McWhirter, R. 1979). Seedling# J77-25-1. TB, 38" (97 cm), Early bloom. White ground, slightly edged with blue plicata markings, deep purple in heart; soft lemon beard tipped white. 'Socialite' X Gaulter seedling# 66-66: ('Port Royal' x 'Stepping Out'). Cottage Gardens 1980.

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Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collectionDetail of photo by Rosalie FiggePhoto by Evelyn Small taken at Horton Iris Garden


From AIS Bulletin #237 April 1980 Introducing COMMUNIQUE (McWhirter, 1980). TB, E, 38". A written message to bring in your iris season. Extremely large flowers on strong, sturdy stalks, three-way branching plus terminal with 8 buds. A pure white-ground plicata, slightly edged with royal blue plicata markings. The heart of each flower is deep purple, and the beards are soft lemon tipped white. A very striking, uniquely different plicata to begin your iris season. ((Socialite X Gaulter #66-66: (Port Royal x Stepping Out.)) $25.00 Cottage Gardens.


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
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communique01.jpgjpg communique01.jpg manage 81 K 02 Jun 2014 - 17:00 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the Rosalie Figge slide collection
communique01edt.jpgjpg communique01edt.jpg manage 39 K 09 Nov 2018 - 17:58 Main.Harloiris Detail of photo by Rosalie Figge
communique9.JPGJPG communique9.JPG manage 173 K 01 May 2021 - 02:47 TerryLaurin Photo by Evelyn Small taken at Horton Iris Garden
Topic revision: r14 - 03 Apr 2022, TerryLaurin
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