■(TB) 'Olympic Torch'
, R. 1956) Seedling# L-331-D. TB, 38" (97 cm). Midseason bloom. Light golden-bronze self. 'Inca Chief'
x Seedling# H-92-A: (Schreiner seedling# 49-46 x 'Watchfire'
). Schreiner 1958. Honorable Mention 1958; Judges' Choice 1959; Award of Merit 1960.
| OLYMPIC TORCH is light golden bronze, glowing with iridescent little fires. Ruffled, broad-petaled flowers, with cupped standards and flaring falls, are carried on tall, well-balanced stalks. The good height and branching are no happy accident, but are the result of methodical planning that stretches back over the years. This iris comes from Schreiner's H 92-A X INCA CHIEF. H 92-A is (( PRAIRIE SUNSET X AUBANEL) X BRYCE CANYON) X WATCHFIRE. WATCHFIRE, introduced by Jean Stevens in 1948, was characterized by its splendid height and better than usual branching, qualities which have been passed on to its famous grandchild. To the neophite, the progress which can be measured by the introduction of an iris like OLYMPIC TORCH may not be so obvious; perhaps, only those who have grown (and loved, in their time) NYLON, LAMPLIGHT, CASA MORENA, SUNSET BLAZE, etc., etc., can appreciate the tremendous forward step its creation represents. Mrs. J. R. Hamblen, “Drama of Progress”, A.I.S. Bulletin 161 (April 1961): 11.
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.
-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07
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