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■(TB) 'Green Pastures'

1945, Heller

'Green Pastures' (A. H. Heller, R. 1945) TB, Early to late bloom. Color Class-Y1L. 40". Standards pastel yellow chartreuse; falls same with touch of blue at end of beard; beard yellowish olive tipped blue. 'Old Ironsides' x 'Oregon Sunshine'.

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From Maple Valley Iris Garden catalog, 1947: GREEN PASTURES (Heller 1947) No. 1407 (OLD IRONSIDES X OREGON SUNSHINE) E. M. L. 54 inches. I saw this iris in bloom last spring at Mrs. Blake’s and was fascinated by it. It is the nearest to a green iris that I have ever seen, a lovely Chartreuse with a blue beard which enhances its beauty. The flowers are large and pleasingly ruffled, the stalk well branched, carrying 9 buds. The bloom extends over a long season from early to late, each flower lasting several days. The foliage stands 36 inches tall, clean and strong. The plant is prolific of bloom and increase and seems to be perfectly hardy. It can be seen this year in our own garden, in Mr. Heller’s in Los Angeles, Mrs. Pattison’s in Sherman Oaks, Mrs.Heimer's in Encino, Mrs. Blake’s in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and Mrs. Nesmith's in Lowell, Massachusetts. It is an iris that every connoisseur will want in his garden. Seven judges gave it an H. C. at the Hollywood Show in 1945. $30.00.
In Mr. A. H. Heller's Arcadia garden, he has growing along a driveway the Symposium "100 most popular of 1947." His Green Pastures reflects more green than any other yellow, and with just a little more of this green pigment we would have pure chartreuse. The large blue-bearded flowers with good substance are produced freely on tall, well branched stalks. [G. H. Murray, “The Rainbow of San Fernando," The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 88.]
From Milliken Gardens catalog, 1952: GREEN PASTURES (Heller) This iris will draw you back for a second look every time. It is different-a chartreuse yellow, with a touch of blue at the end of the beard, giving the effect of a distinctly green iris. Lasts well as a cut flower. 3 ft. $2.50.
From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: GREEN PASTURES (Heller '47) E to L-44". One of closest approaches to green yet available. A delightful chartreuse yellow in pastel tints. Touch of blue at tip of yellowish olive beard most effective; accentuates cool green tones. Huge, tall, free flowering. Starts early, often still in good condition when late varieties come out. Reported hardy in Iowa, but some in cold climates protect rhizomes over winter with a good mulch. Introduced at $30.00. Extremely popular, outselling all other approaches to green; in fact, it outsold all other varieties. I sent out over 1,000 rhizomes, yet over 100 people were disappointed as they got their order in too late to get Green Pastures. A word to the wise is sufficient--order TODAY. Pollen is abundant, highly fertile; excellent seed setter. Now is the time to get a start so you can begin crossing with various greenish tones. You may well come up with a world beater. Note the quality of these descendants: Green Chance, Green Hat, Winged Goddess, Breath O'Killarney, Bowling Green. HC'45! HM'47. Old Ironsides X Oregon Sunshine. See in color. Regularly $1.50; on $10 order $1.15; on $25 order 95c.


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.

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GreenPastures3.JPGJPG GreenPastures3.JPG manage 84 K 18 Aug 2021 - 02:25 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
GreenPastures4BHI15.JPGJPG GreenPastures4BHI15.JPG manage 199 K 20 Dec 2015 - 21:53 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
GreenPasturesBHI.JPGJPG GreenPasturesBHI.JPG manage 146 K 18 Nov 2011 - 18:42 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
GreenPasturesRT.jpgjpg GreenPasturesRT.jpg manage 36 K 22 Jan 2012 - 17:52 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco-Superstition Iris Gardens
greenpastures1.JPGJPG greenpastures1.JPG manage 109 K 11 Apr 2020 - 20:36 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1955 Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog by Kate Brewitt
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