■(TB) 'Helen Keller'
, R. 1961). Seedling# N-43-2. TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class-B1, Sea blue self, cream beard. Involving 'Zara'
, 'Regina Maria'
, 'Mary McClellan'
. Wild 1962.
| From AIS Bulletin #165, April 1962. Introducing HELEN KELLER (Georgia Hinkle, 1962) N-43-2 Each $25.00 net. M. 38 in. Very large well proportioned flower of medium blue (Sea Blue, 043/3, Wilson). Full closed standards, round very full near horizontal-flaring falls, complete self including beard. 'Pleated' ruffling around standards and falls, three inch touching hafts. Strong sturdy stalks, three branches and terminal. Nonfading flowers last five days in full sun. Fertile both ways. Limited stock. H.C. 1961. Parentage: L-4-1 (Sdlg. involving Zara, Regina Maria, Mary McClellan) X Sib. Gilbert Wild.
| From Gilbert H. Wild catalog, 1964: HELEN KELLER (Georgia Hinkle, 1962) N-43-2 Each $22.50. M. 38 in. Very large well proportioned flower of medium blue (Sea Blue, 043/3, Wilson). Full closed standards, round full near horizontal flaring falls, complete self including beard. 'Pleated' ruffling around standards and falls, 3" touching hafts. Sturdy stalks, 3 branches and terminal. Non-fading flowers last 5 days in sun. Fertile both ways. Limited stock. H.C., 1961. Parentage: L-4-1 (Sdlg. involving Zara, Regina Maria, Mary McClellan) x Sib. H.M. 1963.
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.
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