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■(TB) 'Mauna Loa'

1926, Berry

'Mauna Loa' (Samuel Berry, 1926) 44" Late midseason bloom. Color Class-B9D. Standards reddish violet; falls dahlia purple, reticulated hafts; yellow/orange beard. Honorable Mention 1926

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Photo by Mike UnserIMG 20230417 0723314422Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016


From Samuel Berry catalog, 1927: MAUNA LOA (1926) A.M. AIS "Seedling 181". A tall upstanding bicolor of a strong reddish cast, the rich Dahlia Purple falls giving the dominant color note. Very large flowers. For so big and tall an Iris it seems to stand up amazingly well in rough weather. This has been one of the most admired Irises in our entire garden, and all stock available for 1926 delivery was sold. Only a little more is available for sale the present season. Price of strong single rhizomes for fall delivery 1927. $15.00 each; for delivery in spring of 1928. $12.50 each.
From Cordon Bleu catalog, 1977: MAUNA LOA (Berry '26) A tall upstanding bicolor of a strong reddish cast, the rich dahlia purple falls giving the dominant color note. This has been one of the most admired Irises in our entire garden and won favorable comment when exhibited at the great Chelsea show in England last year. Berry 1928 catalog. HM '26. 1.00


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: r15 - 17 Apr 2023, MorganMichaels
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