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(TB) 'Guiding Star'

1949, Tompkins

'Guiding Star' (Chet Tompkins, R. 1949) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class Y7D. (('Damascus' x 'Rocket') x ('Acadia' x 'Damascus').

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1951 catalog gives: " GUIDING STAR. (Tompkins 1951) M. 38 in. A Lemon Gold of pure and intense color, this is a self even to the beard. Almost unbelievably brilliant, the whole flower accents the color alone; the same coloring that is found in the edging of varieties such as Mattie Gates. A descendent of Acadia, this has the smoothness of that variety in larger and more brilliant flowers of heavy substance and beautifully rounded broad form. Placement is good on sturdy well branched stalks. No. 49-116 (Damascus X Rocket) X (Acadia x Damascus) $10.00"
From Fleur De Lis Gardens catalog 1956: GUIDING STAR (Tomp. 1951) M. 38 in. ((Damascus x Rocket) x (Acadia x Damascus)). A pure self of rich deep lemon gold. Flowers are large with broad petals and semi-flaring form. Beard is deep lemon. 2.00.
From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: GUIDING STAR + ++ M-38" Report from Iowa: "Sensationally good early fall re-bloomer." Unbelievably brilliant glistening lemon-gold, non-fading. Heavy substance, broad round form. Fall stalks nearly horizontal, with 3 or 4 side branches arising vertically, each ending in a golden very spreading flower. So plant Guiding Star near front of bed; leave room for stalks to spread 2' in all directions. I have no other Iris for creating this stunning effect. Try it. Reg. $2.00; on $10 order $1 .70; on $25 order $1.50.


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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Topic revision: r7 - 08 Jul 2022, Harloiris
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