(Rudolph E. Kleinsorge
, R. 1943). Tb, 36" (91 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class-R7D. Red seedling# 240 x 'Garden Magic'
. Honorable Mention 1944; Award of Merit 1946.
| From Carl Salbach catalog 1944: RANGER (Kleinsorge 1943). Large vigorous growing red toned iris produced on tall well branched stems. Standards are claret red. The semi-flaring falls are of heavy substance and are a shade of mahogany red. Blooms carried well above the foliage. Good grower and free bloomer. 36". Late.
| From Cooley's 1956 catalog: "Dark but very bright, almost true crimson-red. A decided self, with long, cone-shaped, closed standards and wide falls of glossy velvet. Bronze-orange beard on a brownish toned haft, with very little venation. One of the last to bloom."
| RANGER (Kleinsorge, 1943) - This has about the same depth of color as ‘Red Valor’ and ‘Redward’ but has less luster. Light venation on white ground on haft; beard not prominent; flowers somewhat bunched. This is a good seed parent but produced no pollen in my garden. [Elis Nelson, "Varietal Notes on Red Irises,", The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 93.]
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.
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION Here
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