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■(TB) 'Paris Opera'

1972, Benson

'Paris Opera' (Cliff Benson, R. 1969). Seedling# 67-13. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-V1F, Mauve, lilac and violet self; ruffled; blue tipped beard. 'Rippling Waters' X 'Skywatch'. C. Benson 1972. Honorable Mention 1973; Award of Merit 1976.

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From AIS Bulletin #205 April 1972 Introducing PARIS OPERA. (Rippling Waters X Skywatch). A huge ruffled, bold, striking, heavily substanced mauve, lilac and violet blend. Standards are tightly held; falls are very wide and smooth; beards are violet-tipped. $25.00. Cliff Benson.
PARIS OPERA (Benson) - Not as widely grown as it should be. Some parts of the country do have trouble growing and blooming it, however. A clean sparkling lavender with self beard. Nice stalks and impeccable form and ruffling. [Perry Dyer, “A Tall bearded Collection for the Beginner”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 237 (April 1980): 36.]


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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ParisOpera02.JPGJPG ParisOpera02.JPG manage 69 K 07 Apr 2014 - 15:40 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
ParisOpera03.JPGJPG ParisOpera03.JPG manage 59 K 07 Apr 2014 - 15:41 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
ParisOpera04.JPGJPG ParisOpera04.JPG manage 59 K 07 Apr 2014 - 15:43 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
ParisOpera11.JPGJPG ParisOpera11.JPG manage 82 K 27 Aug 2021 - 01:51 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
ParisOpera12BHI.jpgjpg ParisOpera12BHI.jpg manage 73 K 28 Apr 2012 - 22:36 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
ParisOperaBJI.JPGJPG ParisOperaBJI.JPG manage 84 K 26 Mar 2012 - 16:43 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Blue J Iris
Topic revision: r18 - 20 Oct 2023, dougchyz
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