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■(TB) 'New Era'

1949, Sass Bros.

'New Era' (Henry Sass, R. 1949), TB. Early midseason bloom. Color Class-W6M. ((('Wambliska' x 'Dore': Sass, H.P.) x ('California Gold')) x (('Tiffany' x 'Orloff') x ('Casque D'Or'))). Maple Road Gardens 1949.

Name transferred from an earlier AB registration made in 1946.. See AB 'New Era'.

Hybridizer name changed in 1952 catalog from Sass Brothers to Henry Sass.

See below:

Photo by Dave In PAphoto by Chapman IrisPhoto by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris GardensPhoto by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens


From Sass catalog, 1949: NEW ERA (45-85) (Sass Brothers, 1949)-S. White. F. Olive yellow. Medium sized blooms on 36-inch stems. $15.00
"Our next stop was the Maple Road Gardens near Omaha, Nebraska. When we arrived we found that the Sass Brothers had made a gold strike! Not ore but in iris. Keeping up with the current fashion of gold-on white they have originated a charming iris with white standards and green-gold falls, entirely different from any other iris we have ever seen. We saw it labeled as No. 45-85, but in a recent letter, Mr. Sass informed us that this iris will be introduced as New Era. Watch for it - it's a darling!" Banyard, Prof. and Mrs. Frank H. Kansas (1948). Vacation in Iris Land, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society 112 (April 1949): 25.
NEW ERA (45-85) (Sass, H. E., 1949)-S. White. F. Olive yellow. Medium sized blooms on 36-inch stems… $3.00 [Maple Road Iris Price List, 1952]
"New Era is undoubtedly a step forward. How these Sasses do step out at the head of the parade! But it is an iris you would buy for breeding, not garden decoration. It is like the flamingo pinks—it's a step in the right direction and will undoubtedly lead to some wonderful things." Reynolds, Mrs. Leo F., Tennessee (1949). Coming Events Cast Their Shadows, American Iris Society Bulletin 116 (January 1950), 25.


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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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
New_Era_std01.JPGJPG New_Era_std01.JPG manage 771 K 13 May 2017 - 11:59 TerryLaurin Photo by Dave In PA
newera-jb.jpgjpg newera-jb.jpg manage 8 K 18 Jan 2013 - 00:19 Main.Harloiris photo by Chapman Iris
newera5.JPGJPG newera5.JPG manage 127 K 13 Jun 2023 - 01:40 TerryLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
newera50.JPGJPG newera50.JPG manage 136 K 13 Jun 2023 - 01:40 TerryLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
Topic revision: r20 - 08 Feb 2024, DavidPotembski
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