■(TB) 'Red Lion'
, R. 1985). Seedling# T3942DR. TB, 37" (94 cm), Early midseason bloom. Standards lightly ruffled deep red with a touch of crimson; falls dark ruby, tracery of pattern under yellow tipped-bronze beard. Seedling# T2767Rd: (involving 'Tall Chief'
, T. Craig seedling# x seedling involving 'Melodrama'
, 'Jungle Fires'
, 'Bright Gem'
) X seedling# T3458RdBr: (involving 'Brass Accents'
, 'Golden Bonanza'
, 'Sun Worshiper'
). Melrose Gardens 1986. Honorable Mention 1988.
| "We viewed the very last bloom of RED LION (Hager '86) and could see the potential as an advancement in the class, notably with its strong, well-branched stalks and decent vigor. It will be interesting to see the intensity of the red in the Midwest, as our soils tend to have a richer mineral content, producing much more vibrant reds than on the West Coast." [Perry Dyer (Oklahoma), “Melrose Gardens” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 263, (October 1986): 20.
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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