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■(TB) 'Pioneer'

1924, Bliss

'Pioneer' (Arthur John Bliss, 1924) TB height 36" Early bloom. Color Class-B9D ('Pacquita' x I. pallida) X ('Cordelia' x 'Paladin'?)

See below:

Pioneer.jpgPioneer01.JPGpioneer01.JPGpioneer02.JPGPioneer12BHI.jpgpioneer2.jpgpioneer6.jpgpioneer7.jpgpioneer8.JPGPioneer fl.jpgPioneerAA.jpg


Awaiting original catalog description
From Quality Gardens catalog for 1930: "A magnificent Iris. The best red purple in cultivation. Standards large and incurved, colored bright red purple. falls very broad and strong, in color a deep glowing red purple, set off by a bright orange beard. Of free branching habit. Vigorous and strong in growth, very free flowering."
From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1928: A magnificent new Iris that bears its name as the forerunner of a new race in Iris breeding. A rich red-purple of large size and good form. Standards large and incurved, bright amparo-purple; falls very broad and strong, deep glowing pansy-purple, set off by a bright orange beard. Vigorous and strong in growth, with branched stalks. 42 inches.


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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-- MikeUnser - 2009-12-05
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Pioneer.jpgjpg Pioneer.jpg manage 29 K 26 Dec 2010 - 21:52 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Pioneer01.JPGJPG Pioneer01.JPG manage 168 K 26 Aug 2016 - 02:59 UnknownUser Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
Pioneer12BHI.jpgjpg Pioneer12BHI.jpg manage 70 K 29 Apr 2012 - 15:06 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
PioneerAA.jpgjpg PioneerAA.jpg manage 50 K 18 Feb 2011 - 17:45 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Argyle Acres
Pioneer_fl.jpgjpg Pioneer_fl.jpg manage 73 K 19 Feb 2011 - 06:36 IrisP  
pioneer01.JPGJPG pioneer01.JPG manage 545 K 19 Jul 2018 - 03:17 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
pioneer02.JPGJPG pioneer02.JPG manage 569 K 19 Jul 2018 - 03:19 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
pioneer2.jpgjpg pioneer2.jpg manage 37 K 05 Dec 2009 - 16:58 Main.mikeu Pioneer by Mike Unser
pioneer6.jpgjpg pioneer6.jpg manage 17 K 13 Sep 2013 - 16:08 UnknownUser Photo by Anne Milner-Bliss Irises-United Kingdom
pioneer7.jpgjpg pioneer7.jpg manage 17 K 13 Sep 2013 - 16:09 UnknownUser Photo by Anne Milner-Bliss Irises-United Kingdom
pioneer8.JPGJPG pioneer8.JPG manage 91 K 06 Jan 2014 - 02:43 UnknownUser Photo by K.Brewitt 2013 Dallas Convention
Topic revision: r26 - 28 Aug 2021, TLaurin
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