■ (TB) 'Emma Cook'
, R. 1957). Seedling 11155. TB, 34" (86 cm), Midseason bloom. Standards white; falls white with 1/2" border royal purple; beard, white on outer end, yellow under stylearm. Seedling 12552: (((blue seedling x 'Progenitor'
x 'Shining Waters'
)) x 'Distance'
x 'Shining Waters'
))) x seedling 14152: ('Dreamcastle'
x (blue seedling x ('Distance'
x 'Shining Waters'
)))). Cook 1959. High Commendation 1955, 1958; Judges' Choice 1959; Honorable Mention 1959; Award of Merit 1961.
| Hamblen, Mrs. J. (1961). Hybridizer Melba Hamblen remarked, "Paul Cook's iris MELODRAMA, WHOLE CLOTH, ALLEGIANCE, and EMMA COOK, have been received in this area with an enthusiasm unequaled since the advent of the "pinks." Comparison with yesterday's iris is not quite possible: they are progenitors of new color lines. Top performers all, with vigorous habit and easy adaptation to climatic change, they contribute to the affirmative side of the issue, "new versus old." EMMA COOK flowered freely on a plant received late in the season. My tardy order almost cost me the privilege of growing this, and the rhizome was sent with an apology for its size. Nonetheless, in addition to the strong bloomstalk, five increase were produced! Luminous white, with a brushed on border of violet blue not unlike a tinted summer cloud; gracefully formed in serene beauty, and remarkably weather resistant, she was the object of unreserved homage. (Hamblen, 1961, p. 11). Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 161(April 1961), 9-12.
| EMMA COOK (Sdlg. 11155) B.C. 1958. An iris of new and pleasing color pattern that has· attracted everyone. Standards white, without other color; falls white, with half-inch border of dark violet, the color solid at edge, thinning somewhat on inner side. Flowers medium large (4-1/2 x 5), moderately ruffled. 34-36 inches. Midseason. $25.00. Paul Cook. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 153(April 1959), 65.
| EMMA COOK (P. Cook '59) M 34 in. 12552: ((blue sdlg. x (Progenitor x Shining Waters) x (Distance) x (Progenitor x Shining Waters) X 14152: (Dreamcastle) x ((blue sdlg. x (Distance) x (Progenitor x Shining Waters)) Medium sized flower with charm and personality in a new color combination which gives the impression of a blue and white plicata but is not of plicata blood. This might open new vistas for breeding with our conventional plicatas. Standards white, falls same with 1⁄2 inch border of royal purple (blue); the beard is yellow, white tipped. HC '57, HM '59, 1st. Judges Choice '60. AM '61. $10.00. (Tell Iris Gardens, 1964, p. 16)
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.
- 21 Apr 2019
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