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■(TB) 'Memphis Lass'

1957, Schortman

'Memphis Lass' (William Schortman, R. 1957). Seedling 5175. TB, 34" (86 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-W2, Plicata, white and burgundy red. ('Snow Flurry' x 'Orchid Queen') X ('Snow Flurry' x 'Gibson Girl'). Schortman 1957. Honorable Mention 1957; Judges Choice 1958.

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From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: MEMPHIS LASS (Schortman '55) E-ML-36". A gracefully ruffled plicata ·of huge size in pure white, margined pinkish lilac & light mulberry. Very broad flowers, fine growing habit, good branching, abundant pollen. HM'57, RU-AM'61 & '62. Snow Flurry x Orchid Queen X Snow Flurry x Gibson Girl. Regularly $7.50; on $10 order $4.50; on $25 order $2.95; 3 for $7.95.
MEMPHIS LASS, a recent introduction from Bill Schortman, has style and form that will compare favorably with iris in any color class. I find it hard to fault on any count. It has a cream-white ground with red-purple stitching, wide, flaring form and is ruffled. Its parentage is most interesting: (SNOW FLURRY X ORCHID QUEEN) X (SNOW FLURRY X GIBSON GIRL). ORCHID QUEEN is SNOW FLURRY X (INSPIRATION X BALMUNG). So there are three doses of SNOW FLURRY and three of plicata". Gaulter, Larry, "Love Those Plicatas!", American Iris Society Bulletin, Issue# 159, October, 1960, p. 30.


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.

-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
MemphisLass02.jpgjpg MemphisLass02.jpg manage 65 K 31 Mar 2014 - 03:31 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
MemphisLass03.jpgjpg MemphisLass03.jpg manage 74 K 31 Mar 2014 - 03:31 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
Memphis_Lass_.jpgjpg Memphis_Lass_.jpg manage 46 K 05 Jan 2010 - 18:56 MichaelGreenfield Photo by Mike Greenfield
Memphis_Lass_fl.jpgjpg Memphis_Lass_fl.jpg manage 66 K 18 Feb 2011 - 06:21 IrisP  
memphislass01.JPGJPG memphislass01.JPG manage 96 K 25 Apr 2020 - 20:31 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1971 Gilbert H. Wild & Son catalogue by Terry Laurin
memphislass02.JPGJPG memphislass02.JPG manage 450 K 13 Sep 2020 - 02:55 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1962 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
memphislass03.JPGJPG memphislass03.JPG manage 289 K 14 Feb 2021 - 12:56 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1976 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
memphislass1.JPGJPG memphislass1.JPG manage 367 K 21 May 2016 - 15:24 Main.TLaurin Photo by HIPS Archives
Topic revision: r18 - 14 Feb 2021, Harloiris
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