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■(TB) 'Radiant'

1936, Salbach

'Radiant' (Carl Salbach, R. 1936). TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-S9M. 'Klamath' X seedling. Salbach 1936.

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From Carl Salbach catalog 1936: Radiant (Salbach 1936). A "little giant," as bright in comparison to other iris of today as King Midas was rich among the iris available when it was first released. Standards of burnished golden bronze, and broad falls of glowing coppery-red, as brilliant a combination as we have ever seen. All rhizomes for this season sold out during the blooming Reason at $25.00 each and we do not expect to be able to offer more than one to a customer next season.
RADIANT is such an unusual color in the garden that it should be planted with care as to its companions, even though iris colors never really clash, but only detract from each other. [Reports of Region Vice-Presdidents, A.I.S. Bulletin 88:20 Jan. 1943]
Radiant: (Salbach). Saw one year plant color strikingly brilliant coppery red on light side. Belsley, Ray J. (1939), Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 074 (July), 15.
1949 Checklist, p.199 - Adds citation in A.I.S. Bulletin 77:28 (Apr 1940); includes an illustration.
This brings us to the reds. Here I would want again 'CHEERIO' (22), as a red bicolor; 'CHRISTABEL' (23), as a red self, and RADIANT (24), as an orange and copper bicolor. CHEERIO has most of its color in the falls, but these are very red. I am still inclined to think that CHRISTABEL is the best all-round red. RADIANT well deserves its name. While it is not large or tall, it is the best of its color at its price. Wills, Jesse, (1943). Older Iris I Would Buy Again, American Iris Society Bulletin, 89 (April 1943), 16.
See John C. Wister Collection, Scott Arboretum Archives, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Wister%20Iris%20144%20--%20Iris%20Radiant%20%20Iris%20Missouri%20Night%20May%2013%2c%201945.jpg


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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-- Main.RPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
RadiantBHI.JPGJPG RadiantBHI.JPG manage 140 K 21 Nov 2011 - 15:49 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
RadiantBHI1.JPGJPG RadiantBHI1.JPG manage 105 K 29 Aug 2021 - 02:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
radiant.JPGJPG radiant.JPG manage 478 K 20 Jul 2018 - 20:40 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
radiant1.JPGJPG radiant1.JPG manage 531 K 20 Jul 2018 - 20:42 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
radiant9.JPGJPG radiant9.JPG manage 161 K 17 May 2023 - 03:01 Main.TLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
radiant90.JPGJPG radiant90.JPG manage 190 K 18 Nov 2023 - 02:52 Main.TLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden
radiant91.JPGJPG radiant91.JPG manage 275 K 31 Dec 2023 - 15:31 Main.TLaurin Photo by Jeff Bennett-Dry Creek Garden-reblooming December 2023
Topic revision: r21 - 31 Dec 2023, TLaurin
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