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■(TB) 'Firewater'

1977, Keppel

'Firewater' (Keith Keppel, R. 1975). Seedling 71-109A. TB, height 32" (81 cm), Midseason bloom. Medium gentian blue (M&P 43-D-10) self; flame to Indian orange beard. Seedling 68-52S: ((Jones seedling 743: seedling 641 x 'Crystal Flame') x ('Marquesan Skies' x 'Babbling Brook')) X seedling 68-49A: (('Babbling Brook' x 'Morning Breeze') x ('Morning Breeze' x 'Babbling Brook')). Keppel 1977. Honorable Mention 1978.

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From AIS Bulletin #225 Spring 1977 Introducing FIREWATER (Keppel). M, 32". Medium gentian blue self with bright orange-red beards. Large, wide, beautifully ruffled flowers on somewhat close-branched stalks. (Jones 743 x (Marquesan Skies x Babbling Brook» X (Babbling Brook x Morning Breeze) x reverse sib). HC '76. #71-109A. $25.00. Keith Keppel.
From Mid-America catalog 1981: FIREWATER (Keppel 77). This is the best red bearded blue seen so far. It has wide ruffled medium blue flowers on stalks that consistently have 3 to 4 branches andlots of buds.


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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Firewater02.JPGJPG Firewater02.JPG manage 55 K 24 Mar 2014 - 18:51 UnknownUser Photo by Blue J Iris
FirewaterBJ.JPGJPG FirewaterBJ.JPG manage 73 K 10 Feb 2012 - 18:20 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Blue J Iris
FirewaterEI.jpgjpg FirewaterEI.jpg manage 38 K 12 Dec 2012 - 19:13 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Exline Iris Garden
Firewater_1975_TB.jpgjpg Firewater_1975_TB.jpg manage 62 K 30 Nov 2011 - 12:26 UnknownUser Photo by Pierre Anfosso - France
firewater01.jpgjpg firewater01.jpg manage 75 K 08 Jun 2015 - 22:22 UnknownUser Photo by Exline Iris Garden
Topic revision: r22 - 08 Jul 2023, Harloiris
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