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■(TB) 'Red Lion'

1986, Hager

'Red Lion' (Ben Hager, 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', 'Foray', 'Huntsman', T. Craig seedling# x seedling involving 'Melodrama', 'Jungle Fires', 'Caldron', 'Bright Gem', 'Pacemaker') X seedling# T3458RdBr: (involving 'Brass Accents', 'Golden Bonanza', 'Sun Worshiper', 'Solano'). Melrose Gardens 1986. Honorable Mention 1988.

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"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.

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-- RolandDejoux - 2010-01-09
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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
RedLion01.JPGJPG RedLion01.JPG manage 74 K 04 Dec 2014 - 16:34 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
RedLion02.jpgjpg RedLion02.jpg manage 65 K 10 Apr 2014 - 02:39 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
RedLion03.jpgjpg RedLion03.jpg manage 102 K 10 Apr 2014 - 02:39 Main.TLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
RedLion11.JPGJPG RedLion11.JPG manage 94 K 29 Aug 2021 - 21:29 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
RedLion12BHI.jpgjpg RedLion12BHI.jpg manage 92 K 30 Apr 2012 - 23:36 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
RedLion8.jpgjpg RedLion8.jpg manage 64 K 29 Nov 2013 - 16:43 Main.TLaurin Photo by South Jersey Iris
RedLion_by_JanLauritzen.jpgjpg RedLion_by_JanLauritzen.jpg manage 65 K 16 Feb 2012 - 20:54 Main.janlauritzen taken at the AIS Portland National in 2006
Red_Lion__Hager_86.JPGJPG Red_Lion__Hager_86.JPG manage 69 K 09 Jan 2010 - 16:49 Main.Laymont+ by Dejoux in my garden : sud-ouest France
TB-RED-LION.jpgjpg TB-RED-LION.jpg manage 72 K 21 Oct 2010 - 20:14 EleanorHutchison Don McQueen photo, London, Ont, Canada Z5
redlion01.JPGJPG redlion01.JPG manage 106 K 04 Jul 2015 - 15:47 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
redlion2.jpgjpg redlion2.jpg manage 35 K 11 Feb 2013 - 21:36 Main.TLaurin Photo by Chad Harris of Mt. Pleasant Iris Farm
redlion7.jpgjpg redlion7.jpg manage 66 K 19 Oct 2013 - 15:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Sunshine Iris Nursery-Australia
redlion9.JPGJPG redlion9.JPG manage 160 K 16 Apr 2023 - 15:18 Main.TLaurin Photo taken at 1988 AIS Oklahoma Convention by Verna Laurin at Mid-America Garden
Topic revision: r27 - 18 Apr 2023, Harloiris
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