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(TB) 'Kiki'

1951, Graves

'Kiki' (Robert Graves, R. 1950). Seedling# 46-62B. TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-B1L, Columbine-blue self. (S & R Kiki, Graves, R. 1937; N.). 'Helen McGregor' X 'Great Lakes'. Fairmount 1951. Honorable Mention 1953, Judge's Choice 1954.

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"Kiki, the newest blue from the Graves line, I may have seen before under number; in any case it is one of the best. It has the color of 'Kiltie', but much better form, and to my eye was much more finished and appealing than Jane Phillips. John Dolman, Jr. (Pennsylvania), “From Aldan to Walden and Points North, Varieties Noted in 1951,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 123, (October 1951): 15.
KIKl (Graves 1951) M. Among the many fine blue iris created by the late Dr. Graves and Edward Watkins, this clear blue was selected by them as having distinctive merit. This descendant of the iris, Helen McGregor, is a much deeper blue with great clarity of color and over all there is a frosty sheen that sparkles and glistens in the sunlight. A self of deeper tone than Jane Phillips, it has the characteristic touch of refinement that Helen McGregor passes on to her progeny. Today there are many blue iris, but Kiki represents a distinct soep forward in the breeding of finer blues. 8 w 10 heavy substanced flowers on sturdy well branched stalks. H.M., A.I.S. 1953. 39 in. $8.00 Fairmount catalog, 1955


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: r12 - 30 Jan 2024, davepote
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