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■(TB) 'El Tovar'

1933, Sass

'El Tovar' (Hans Peter Sass, 1933) TB 36" Midseason bloom. Color Class S6D.

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From Robert Wayman's Iris catalog for 1938: "A most unusual dark colored iris. S - bright chalcedony yellow, blending to a rosy buff border. F- rich blackish-maroon. It looks black from certain angles and in certain lights. A rich dark unique colored blend that looks especially well under artificial light."
El Tovar: (H. Sass). Very rich but disappointing after the build-up of advance reports. [Belsley, Ray J., Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939), 17.]


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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-- KentPfeiffer - 2010-05-14
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
ElTovar33Sass.JPGJPG ElTovar33Sass.JPG manage 63 K 14 May 2010 - 17:13 KentPfeiffer Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska
ElTovarIF.jpgjpg ElTovarIF.jpg manage 65 K 25 Jan 2012 - 14:55 Main.Betsy881 Photo by The Iris Fan
ElTovarRT.jpgjpg ElTovarRT.jpg manage 25 K 22 Jan 2012 - 16:16 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
ElTovarSass33.JPGJPG ElTovarSass33.JPG manage 52 K 06 Jun 2010 - 15:00 KentPfeiffer Picture taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska
el-tovar3-08.jpgjpg el-tovar3-08.jpg manage 29 K 11 Jul 2010 - 00:24 Main.mikeu El Tovar by Mike Unser
el-tovar5-08.jpgjpg el-tovar5-08.jpg manage 43 K 11 Jul 2010 - 00:24 Main.mikeu El Tovar by Mike Unser
eltovar1.JPGJPG eltovar1.JPG manage 172 K 12 Jun 2020 - 02:53 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
eltovar5.JPGJPG eltovar5.JPG manage 211 K 11 Jul 2023 - 02:19 Main.TLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
eltovar50.JPGJPG eltovar50.JPG manage 221 K 11 Jul 2023 - 02:19 Main.TLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
Topic revision: r16 - 11 Jul 2023, Harloiris
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