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■(TB) 'Lilac Champagne'

1965, Hamblen

'Lilac Champagne' (Melba Hamblen, R. 1964). Seedling# H59-66. TB, 38" (97 cm). Late midseason bloom. Color Class Y4BV, Standards barium yellow; falls lobelia blue-violet, light yellow beard. 'Mollie Emms' X 'Whole Cloth'. Mission Bell 1965. Honorable Mention 1966; Award of Merit 1968.

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LILAC CHAMPAGNE(Hamblen) Midseason to late. 38. "Smoothly colored yellow and blue-violet bicolor. The standards are Barium yellow (Wilson 501/1) and the falls are a tone between Wisteria violet and French blue. A narrow etching of blue-violet outlines the standards;the beard is light chrome yellow and the hafts are of soft yellow blending into the standard color. Wide-petaled beautifully formed blossoms are perfectly spaced on tall flexuous stems.(Mollie Emms X Whole Cloth). Sdlg.59-66. HC'63. Net $25.00 [Mission Bell Gardens Catalog, Iris for 1965, p 3.]
From AIS Bulletin #177, April 1965. Introducing LILAC CHAMPAGNE (Hamblen) M-L 38" Smoothly colored yellow and blue-violet bicolor. Standards are Barium yellow outlined with a fine etching of the fall color which is a tone between Wisteria violet and French blue. Wide petaled, beautifully formed blossoms are exceptionally well spaced on tall flexuous stems. Mollie Emms X Whole Cloth. Sdlg. H59-66. HC 1963. Net $25.00. Mission Bell.
LILAC CHAMPAGNE (Hamblen '65). "Lighter yellow standards, blueviolet falls, with beard and haft soft yellow. A very warm and inviting arrangement-bright enough to draw the eyes in the garden, but soft enough to warm up an arrangement on the dining room table. Beautifully branched S-curved stem that at times is a bit thin for the many buds." [Roger R. Nelson (Wayne, Nebraska), “An Extra Dimension” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 196, (January 1970): 9.]
LILAC CHAMPAGNE has always been impressive here. A subtle yellow and violet bicolor of good ruffled form and branching. Unique and dependable; however, we imagine the stalks may need staking in areas of strong wind. [Joe Ghio, “The Eye of the Beholder,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 199 (October 1970): 43.]


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: r26 - 22 May 2024, dougchyz
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