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■(TB) 'Modern Classic'

1975, Knocke

'Modern Classic' (Frederick Knocke, R. 1975). Seedling# K-919 TB, 40" (102 cm). Midseason to late bloom. Aster violet markings on white ground; yellow beard tipped violet. 'Space Ship' X 'Stepping Out'. Tell 1975.

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From AIS Bulletin #217 April 1975 Introducing MODERN CLASSIC (Dr. F. J. Knocke). M-L, 40". (Space Ship X Stepping Out). This white ground plicata with aster-violet stitching is aptly named. The flower is perfection, and the fluting heavy. Bud placement superb, and there are many. Often 3 and 4 perfectly spaced blooms open at once. A supreme show prospect. The beard is pale yellow tipped violet. #K 919. HC '73 and '74. A co-introduction. $25.00. Tell's Gardens.


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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-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07
  • [Cooley's Gardens 1987]: White-ground plicata. Stitching violet in color, and pale yellow beard tipped in violet. Many buds, heavily fluted blossoms evenly spaced. HM, '76; AM, '79 -- DavidPotembski - 30 Apr 2013
  • This TB reaches 44-46" here. Slender stalks are a problem in wind (Aren't they all?) Photographed in afternoon shade to enhance color. Strong sun seems to
  • distort pigmentation. This is an iris I easily grow with other perennials including roses, daylilies, & phlox in this border. -- LeonElliott - 2013-08-05
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MODERN-CLASSIC-C.jpgjpg MODERN-CLASSIC-C.jpg manage 192 K 05 Aug 2013 - 21:19 Main.LTE46951 Photo By Leon Elliott: My Garden
MODERN-CLASSIC-D.jpgjpg MODERN-CLASSIC-D.jpg manage 198 K 05 Aug 2013 - 21:29 Main.LTE46951 Photo By Leon Elliott: My Garden
ModernClassicBHI.JPGJPG ModernClassicBHI.JPG manage 59 K 20 Nov 2011 - 00:28 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
ModernClassicEI.jpgjpg ModernClassicEI.jpg manage 48 K 16 Dec 2012 - 15:05 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Exline Iris Garden
ModernClassicSI.JPGJPG ModernClassicSI.JPG manage 291 K 18 Apr 2019 - 21:56 Main.TLaurin Photo by Sandy Ives.
modern01.jpgjpg modern01.jpg manage 82 K 25 Jun 2015 - 01:25 Main.TLaurin Photo by Exline Iris Garden
modern_classic_fl.jpgjpg modern_classic_fl.jpg manage 51 K 13 Aug 2012 - 03:48 IrisP  
modernclassic3.JPGJPG modernclassic3.JPG manage 287 K 07 Dec 2020 - 22:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-France
modernclassic4.JPGJPG modernclassic4.JPG manage 228 K 07 Dec 2020 - 22:48 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-France
modernclassic5.jpgjpg modernclassic5.jpg manage 179 K 29 Nov 2017 - 16:54 Main.TLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-France
modernclassic6.jpgjpg modernclassic6.jpg manage 81 K 12 Nov 2013 - 15:44 Main.TLaurin Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
modernclassic9.JPGJPG modernclassic9.JPG manage 297 K 01 Feb 2021 - 12:52 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1994 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r18 - 01 Feb 2021, TLaurin
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