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■(TB) 'Moon River'

1963, Sexton

'Moon River' (Neva Sexton, R. 1962). Seedling# 58-64. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-Y1, Antique gold self. 'Mixed Emotions' X 'Limelight'. Sexton 1963. Award of Merit 1966.

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From AIS Bulletin #168, January 1963. Introducing MOON RIVER (Sexton '63) M. 36 in. (MIXED EMOTIONS X LIMELIGHT). A different shade of yellow-not brassy or mustard, but a very smooth shade in between. Perhaps antique gold would describe it. Four-way branching; three buds in each socket. Vigorous plant, heavy substance. $25.00. Sexton's Iris Garden.
Yellow is another color which is improving rapidly. The leader in this class is MOON RIVER (Sexton '63), which first caught my attention in the Sexton garden in 1963. It has been a consistent performer in our garden for the past two years. Tall, extremely well branched, with three to four buds per socket, and vigorous growth are but a few of the qualities of this huge, broad, heavily substanced self of antique gold. It seems to be a fabulous parent for Neva; we observed some great golds, yellows, creams and pinks among her seedlings. [Joseph Ghio, “The 1965 Iris Season in Review,” Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 179 (October 1965): 81.]


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.

-- BobPries - 2011-03-07

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