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■ (TB) 'Grace Sturtevant'

1926, Bliss 'Grace Sturtevant' (Arthur John Bliss, 1926). TB. Midseason late bloom. Color Class S6D. ('Knysna' x 'E. H. Jenkins') x 'Dominion'. Bliss 1926; Orpington 1926; 1927; Sturtevant 1927; Gardening Illustrated 53: 229. April 11, 1931 %; Bunyard 1938; Wasserman 1938; Katkamier 1939; First Class Certificate, Royal Horticultural Society 1932; Year Book, Iris Society (of England) page 72, 1932;

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Photo by Jeff Bennett, June 2024Photo by Jeff Bennett, June 2024Grace Sturtevant  Hester Prynne 2Photo by Mike UnserPhoto by Mike Unsergrace sturtevant flPhoto by Anne Milner-Bliss Irises-United KingdomPhoto scanned from the 1936 CooleyPhoto by Anne Milner-Bliss Irises-United KingdomPhoto by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.Photo by Rick Tasco


Awaiting original catalog description
From Glen Road Iris Garden catalog, 1927: GRACE STURTEVANT (Bliss, Murrell 1926) This Mr. Bliss considered his finest Dominion seedling when he did me the honor of naming it for me. It is exceedingly rich in color and texture; a dark red-brown and violet-carmine, the falls so velvety that they look black in certain lights. The deep orange beards and yellow hafts marked with brown add richness and give life to the whole effect. Stems well-branched and over three feet high; the large flowers of extra heavy substance and with fertile pollen. 40.00.
This image shows the two cultivars 'Grace Sturtevant' and 'Hester Prynne'. They are very similar but perhaps this image will help to tell them apart.
Facebook comment by Jeff Bennett, June 2024: A late season bloomer. The richness of the falls is unmatched in my opinion. The darkest maroon velvet is what I would describe. Then, the brightest California gold beard you can see captured in the photos below. The standards are a rosy pink. Coming from an important early hybridizer of the 20th Century honoring probably the first woman introducing irises.
Historic Iris Preservation Society gallery link.


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 - 2011-03-07

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-- BobPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Grace Strutevant_JB1.jpgjpg Grace Strutevant_JB1.jpg manage 230 K 03 Jun 2024 - 10:53 DougChyz Photo by Jeff Bennett, June 2024
Grace Strutevant_JB2.jpgjpg Grace Strutevant_JB2.jpg manage 233 K 03 Jun 2024 - 10:54 DougChyz Photo by Jeff Bennett, June 2024
Grace Sturtevant  Hester Prynne 2.jpgjpg Grace Sturtevant Hester Prynne 2.jpg manage 2 MB 13 Jul 2017 - 19:48 BobPries  
GraceSturtevantRT.jpgjpg GraceSturtevantRT.jpg manage 35 K 21 Jan 2012 - 20:48 BetsyHiggins Photo by Rick Tasco
grace-sturtevant3-18.jpgjpg grace-sturtevant3-18.jpg manage 104 K 05 Aug 2018 - 20:49 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
grace-sturtevant4-18.jpgjpg grace-sturtevant4-18.jpg manage 66 K 05 Aug 2018 - 20:48 Main.mikeu Photo by Mike Unser
grace_sturtevant_fl.jpgjpg grace_sturtevant_fl.jpg manage 89 K 24 Jan 2012 - 04:59 IrisP  
gracesturtevant02.jpgjpg gracesturtevant02.jpg manage 35 K 27 Jun 2017 - 15:50 TerryLaurin Photo by Anne Milner-Bliss Irises-United Kingdom
gracesturtevant09.JPGJPG gracesturtevant09.JPG manage 381 K 20 Feb 2021 - 21:50 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1936 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
gracesturtevant3.jpgjpg gracesturtevant3.jpg manage 16 K 13 Sep 2013 - 15:24 TerryLaurin Photo by Anne Milner-Bliss Irises-United Kingdom
gracesturtevant9.JPGJPG gracesturtevant9.JPG manage 127 K 14 Jun 2020 - 22:12 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
Topic revision: r18 - 03 Jun 2024, DougChyz
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