■(TB) 'Party Dress'
, R. 1950). TB 36", Midseason to late bloom. Color Class-OR1. Medium shell-pink self. (seedling# 45-22A: 'Lancaster'
x D. Hall seedling# 42-10) X seedling# 46-22B, sister to 'Pink Formal'
. Tell 1951. High Commendation 1950 (under name); Honorable Mention 1951; Award of Merit 1954.
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| From Tell’s Iris Garden catalog for 1951: PARTY DRESS (T. Muhlestein). Midseason-Late. (45-22 A: Lancaster x D. Hall's 42-10) x (46-22 B, sister to Pink Formal). We have all been working for a ruffled pink, and this is one. The color is actually pinker than Pink Formal. The ruffling adds greatly to its charm. Of medium size and good substance, falls semi-flaring, standards closed. Here is a flower with a lot of what we call charm or personality. Should be highly useful for breeding pinks since there is some blood refreshment here in the use of Lancaster. Highly Commended 1950. $20.00.
| From Fleur De Lis Gardens catalog for 1956: PARTY DRESS (Muhl. 1951) M.L. 36 in. (Lancaster x Sib. to Dream Girl) x Sib. to Pink Formal. When Tell Muhlestein stated that there was charm, personality and quality all wrapped up in this pink; he was merely being modest. Frankly as it bloomed here it was really quite breathtaking, so clean, so pink, so ruffled and so many flowers. A. M. 1954. $3.00.
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| 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.
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION Here
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