■(TB) 'Prairie Sunset'
(Hans Peter Sass
, R. 1936) TB , Midseason to late bloom. Color Class-S9L. Apricot, rose pink, and copper blend. 'Sandalwood'
. Sass 1939. Honorable Mention 1937; Award of Merit 1941; American Dykes Medal 1943
| From Carl Salbach catalog 1940: PRAIRIE SUNSET (H. P. Sass 1939). Practically all the iris experts consider Prairie Sunset the finest of all irises. We were privileged to purchase a rhizome in 1938, for which we paid $100, and are glad indeed that we now have a few roots to offer our customers. The very day the members of the American Iris Society were here as our guests last May, Prairie Sunset came into bloom, and was the subject of much admiration and praise. A magnificent iris, appropriately named, for it has a combination of colors that remind one of glowing sunset. A blending of pink, apricot and gold, with a glow that makes it bright and rich. An eastern authority, whose judgment we highly respect, says: "This is the finest color I have seen in an iris." In addition to its glorious color, Prairie Sunset possesses all of the other good qualities of a top ranking iris. Mid-season. 30". $30.00.
| From Sass catalog, 1948: PRAIRIE SUNSET (Hans Sass, 1939)- Flowers large and of heavy substance. Color as to Ridgeway Onion Skin Pink and Vinaceous Tawny, with some lustre added. 36-ineh stems, fair branching. (Dykes Medal, 1943). $1.50
| PRAIRIE SUNSET - Our next visit, some ten days later, took us straight to Midwest Gardens for a call on Prairie Sunset. I wondered whether I should recognize it after a year had passed, but though it stood in another place among many seedlings, there was no mistaking it. It still held its own-tops over all. It was close to forty inches-not quite so tall as last year. At that time I had examined it most painstakingly and made careful notes. There was, I recall, a very faint line of purple at the edge of the standards and a greenish tinge to the midrib. Neither of those points was visible this year. The flower was a smooth, satiny shining gold with a pinkish flush, but very little pink. If it were not for the shining quality the color might be a little dull, but it is pure gold-not tan. The appearance of heavy substance gives its look of superiority. Lucy W. Tinley, "Midwest Iris Notes", A.I.S. Bulletin 75 (December 1939): 18.
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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