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■(TB) 'Midwest Gem'

1937, Sass

'Midwest Gem' (Hans Peter Sass, R. 1936). Seedling# 78-33. TB. Late midseason bloom. Color Class-S6L. ('Rameses' x 'Cardinal') x 'King Tut' x 'Amitola'). Sass 1937. Honorable Mention 1937.

See below:


American Iris Society. (1937). Report of the awards committee: Awards of the American Iris Society for 1937. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 66(September 1937), 88.
Maple Road Gardens. (1937). Sass iris list 1937. The American Iris Society Iris Encyclopedia. Retrieved from:
MIDWEST GEM (7 8-33) (H. P. Sass, 1937) Large, light buff pink, flowers with S. domed and falls flaring. Stems branching from center. 36 inches tall. $20.00. (Maple Road Gardens, 1937).Maple Valley Iris Gardens. (1938). Nursery catalog. The American Iris Society Iris Encyclopedia. Retrieved from
McCombes, L. (1948). A critical evaluation of older irises. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 110(July 1948), 58.
Peckham, E. (Ed.). (1940). Alphabetical iris check list: 1939. The American Iris Society.
MIDWEST GEM (H. P. Sass 1937) L. 36 in. A very beautiful new blend of pink and gold, softly combined to make a fresh and glowing color note. The large, full ruffled flowers are wide and flaring and carried gracefully on a well branched stem. H. M., 1937. R. 92. $20.00. (Maple Valley Iris Gardens, 1938, p. 15).
Midwest Gem is a large self of luminous apricot with straight hanging falls subtly blended honey and rose with the added attraction of gold stenciling around the crimpled edges of the entire flower. (McCombs, 1948).


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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  • stem height poor clay soil 75cm/29", 4 buds/stem, blossom 145x70mm, slight purple at spathe, not basal foliage -- DaveinPA - 02 Jun 2020
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
MidwestGem37kp2.JPGJPG MidwestGem37kp2.JPG manage 65 K 07 Jan 2013 - 17:29 KentPfeiffer Taken at the Sass Memorial Garden near Ashland, Nebraska on April 24, 2012
MidwestGemBHI.jpgjpg MidwestGemBHI.jpg manage 79 K 19 Nov 2011 - 21:29 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
MidwestGemBHI1.JPGJPG MidwestGemBHI1.JPG manage 79 K 24 Aug 2021 - 02:11 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
midwest01.JPGJPG midwest01.JPG manage 66 K 08 Feb 2018 - 16:41 UnknownUser Photo scanned by Cathy Egerer from 1939 Maple Valley Gardens Catalog.
midwestgem9.JPGJPG midwestgem9.JPG manage 124 K 12 Jun 2023 - 19:38 UnknownUser Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
midwestgem90.JPGJPG midwestgem90.JPG manage 126 K 12 Jun 2023 - 19:38 UnknownUser Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
Topic revision: r24 - 12 Jun 2023, TLaurin
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