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■(TB) 'Corsage'

1956, Watkins

'Corsage' (Edward Watkins, R. 1956). Seedling 44-16. TB, 24-30", Midseason bloom. Color Class W4, Bicolor, Standards one yellow, two white (sometimes reversed); Falls white ground, splashed bright yellow. (('Katharine Larmon' x 'Ola Kala') x sister) x (('Katharine Larmon' x 'Ola Kala') x sister). Tell 1955.

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Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.Photo by Sandy Gessner Eggertson-Merlebleu Iris Garden-Manitoba,CanadaPhoto by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris GardenPhoto by Sandy Gessner Eggertson-Merlebleu Iris Garden-Manitoba,CanadaPhoto by Argyle AcresPhoto by Iris City Gardensphoto Mike Unser


From Tell’s Iris Garden catalog, 1955: CORSAGE (Edward Watkins). E.-M. (Katherine Larmon x Ola Kala) x (sister sdlg.) A white and yellow novelty. No two flowers and no two petals are ever exactly the same. One standard may be yellow - another white, while the third may be half yellow and half white, or only splashed with yellow; the same is true of the falls. I think it unusual and different and might very well be a break for breeding new and unusual color combinations. Height 24 inches. $10.00
From Fleur De Lis Gardens catalog 1956: CORSAGE (Watkins 1955) EM. 24 in. (K. Larmon x Ola Kala) x (Sib.). We are somewhat hesitant about advocating a season or height for this one. The introducer gives early to midseason and 24 inches whereas for the past two years in Sioux City it has been a midseason to late bloomer and has been 36 to 38 inches in height. Nevertheless, early or late, short or tall, this is one we would not be without. There's certainly no other like it and we have found it truly delightful. Pure satiny white with splashes of brilliant yellow all through it. Truly almost Pixie painted, the splashes are applied in a happily haphazard and gay pattern and no two petals are ever alike. We have yetto see the person who having seen it doesn't like or want it. 6.00.
From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: CORSAGE (Watkins '55) E-LM-32". One of the few Iris I would not be without. Nothing else like it; a delight to all who see it. Pure satiny white, Pixie-painted, haphazardly splashed brilliant yellow in a gay pattern; no two petals ever alike. Terrific garden appeal. Regularly $3.00; on $10 order $1.95; on $25 order $1.50; 3 for $4.30.


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 - 2010-11-11
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Corsage01.JPGJPG Corsage01.JPG manage 64 K 10 Dec 2014 - 23:51 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
Corsage12BHI.jpgjpg Corsage12BHI.jpg manage 73 K 16 Apr 2012 - 17:29 BetsyHiggins Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
CorsageAA.jpgjpg CorsageAA.jpg manage 36 K 15 Feb 2011 - 00:04 BetsyHiggins Photo by Argyle Acres
corsage01.JPGJPG corsage01.JPG manage 100 K 11 Jun 2020 - 00:06 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
corsage1.jpgjpg corsage1.jpg manage 130 K 07 Jun 2019 - 23:02 TerryLaurin Photo by Sandy Gessner Eggertson-Merlebleu Iris Garden-Manitoba,Canada
corsage2.jpgjpg corsage2.jpg manage 127 K 06 Jul 2020 - 21:20 TerryLaurin Photo by Sandy Gessner Eggertson-Merlebleu Iris Garden-Manitoba,Canada
corsageIC.jpgjpg corsageIC.jpg manage 16 K 12 Dec 2011 - 22:56 BetsyHiggins Photo by Iris City Gardens
rsz_corsage1-jb.jpgjpg rsz_corsage1-jb.jpg manage 71 K 16 Feb 2013 - 19:02 Main.Harloiris photo Mike Unser
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