■(TB) 'Mrs. Valerie West'
'Mrs. Valerie West'
(Arthur John Bliss
, 1925). TB. Midseason bloom. Color code-S7D. 'Bruno'
X unknown. Award of Merit Haarlem 1930, First Class Certificate Haarlem 1932, F.C.C. R.H.S. 1933
| From AIS Bulletin 53: Large; Standards light purple drab with purple sheen towards center; falls very velvety blackish red purple lit by yellow beard and haft; 3 ft.
Details: rather short branched, buds pointing in; Standards domed, rounded at tip; falls flaring to drooping; styles short, overarching.
Remarks: A sister seedling of 'Grace Sturtevant' but less richly brown
| MRS. VALERIE WEST. Of the long line of 'Dominion' seedlings put out by Mr. Bliss, he considers this his crowning achievement. It combines the rich colorings of 'Bruno' and 'Cardinal' into a flower of greater size on a taller stem, widely branched, and produces its enormous blossoms in great profusion. Heretofore the price of this has been almost prohibitive for widespread distribution, but our stock has increased so that we are able to offer it at the following unprecedented low price: Each $4.00; three for $10.50; ten, $30.00. Cooley's Wholesale pricelist, 1932.
Quick Summary of Cultural Directions
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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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