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■(TB) 'Pierre Menard'

1946/48, Faught

'Pierre Menard' (Eva Faught, 1946/1948) TB. Early to midseason bloom. Color Class-B1M. Faught seedling 4E1: (('Purissima' x Faught seedling B31: ('Purissima' x 'Santa Barbara')) X Faught seedling 63E1: (Faught seedling B31 x 'Santa Clara'). Honorable Mention 1948; Award of Merit 1950.

Sibling to 'Cahokia' (see Bulletin of the American Iris Society No. 229).

See below:
Pierre Menard Sch Cat.jpgPierre Menard.jpgPIERRE MENARD.pngpierre menard fl.jpgpierremenard01.JPGpierremenard02.JPGPierreMenard12BHI.jpgpierremenard9.JPGPierreMenardIF.jpgPierreMinard01.JPG


From Walter Marx Gardens catalog 1955: PIERRE MENARD (Faught 1948) Each 2.50. The finest medium blue iris to date and a definite advance in the darker blues. Flowers are of massive size with broad falls, ruffled and semi-flaring. Stems are strong with 3 way branching. We predict tremendous popularity for this superb iris. 40 inches. HM AIS 1948, AM 1950.
"Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote" is a short story by the Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges. Pierre Menard was a fictional eccentric 20th-century French writer and polymath.
Pierre Menard was a French fur trapper who became the state of Illinois' first lieutenant governor. Thanks to Keith Keppel for the info!


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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-- BobPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
PIERRE_MENARD.pngpng PIERRE_MENARD.png manage 6 MB 18 Feb 2017 - 08:19 Main.hrandiac Scanned from 1953 Tom Craig catalog
Pierre Menard Sch Cat.jpgjpg Pierre Menard Sch Cat.jpg manage 134 K 28 Nov 2017 - 15:22 BobPries From 1952 Schreiners catalog
Pierre Menard.jpgjpg Pierre Menard.jpg manage 293 K 27 Sep 2021 - 18:13 DavidPotembski Photo by David Potembski taken in my garden 2021, Finksburg, MD
PierreMenard12BHI.jpgjpg PierreMenard12BHI.jpg manage 45 K 29 Apr 2012 - 13:58 BetsyHiggins Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
PierreMenardIF.jpgjpg PierreMenardIF.jpg manage 45 K 28 Nov 2011 - 20:15 BetsyHiggins Photo from The Iris Farm
PierreMinard01.JPGJPG PierreMinard01.JPG manage 57 K 03 Dec 2014 - 04:25 TerryLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
pierre_menard_fl.jpgjpg pierre_menard_fl.jpg manage 69 K 12 Aug 2012 - 19:12 IrisP  
pierremenard01.JPGJPG pierremenard01.JPG manage 507 K 19 Jul 2018 - 02:14 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
pierremenard02.JPGJPG pierremenard02.JPG manage 545 K 19 Jul 2018 - 02:16 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
pierremenard9.JPGJPG pierremenard9.JPG manage 480 K 20 Jan 2021 - 13:46 TerryLaurin Photo scanned from the 1965 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
Topic revision: r25 - 12 Jun 2024, TerryLaurin
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