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■(TB) 'South Pacific'

1954, Smith

'South Pacific' (Kenneth D. Smith, R. 1952). Seedling# 52-25. TB, 35" (89 cm). Midseason bloom. Blue self, between pale Windsor blue and light bright blue. 'Cahokia' X 'Lady Ilse'. Fairmount 1954. High Commendation 1952. Honorable Mention 1954; Award Of Merit 1958; Award Of Merit, Royal Horticultural Society-British Iris Society, 1959.

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References:

From AIS Bulletin #133, April 1954. Introducing SOUTH PACIFIC (H.C.'52) The purest blue iris seen to date. Magnificent flowers of wonderful substance are broad petaled, beautifully shaped, ruffled and flaring.The plant is vigorous, foliage handsome, flower stalks numerous. Child of Cahokia x Lady Ilse; it was named for the well-known play. Net $50.00. Ken Smith.
From M. Oliver Flower Farm catalog, 1958: SOUTH PACIFIC (K. Smith '54) M.L. 40 A beautiful blue self between pale Windsor blue and a light bright blue. Beard is almost white. Standards are well domed and the falls flare widely. H.M. '54. $9.50.
 
From Walter Marx Gardens catalog 1962: SOUTH PACIFIC (K. Smith 1954) Each 2.5O. Introduced at $100.00 per rhizome originally and still regarded by many judges as the best of its color. A blue self between pale Windsor blue and a light bright blue with an almost white beard. Standards are well domed and falls are nicely rounded. Has all the good points including fragrance. HM 1954, AM 1958. 40 inches. Picture p.28.

Culture

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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IMG_7884.jpgjpg IMG_7884.jpg manage 513 K 21 Dec 2018 - 20:44 Main.davepote Photo by David Potembski, Presby 2016, Bed location 19-10.
SouthPacific02.JPEGJPEG SouthPacific02.JPEG manage 11 K 10 May 2014 - 13:09 Main.TLaurin Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
SouthPacificHG.jpgjpg SouthPacificHG.jpg manage 58 K 21 Mar 2012 - 13:00 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Hornbaker Gardens
south_pacific_fl.jpgjpg south_pacific_fl.jpg manage 69 K 12 Aug 2012 - 13:46 IrisP  
southpacific09.JPGJPG southpacific09.JPG manage 77 K 31 Aug 2021 - 15:30 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
southpacific5.JPGJPG southpacific5.JPG manage 157 K 17 Jan 2022 - 15:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
southpacific50.JPGJPG southpacific50.JPG manage 158 K 17 Jan 2022 - 15:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
southpacific51.JPGJPG southpacific51.JPG manage 164 K 17 Jan 2022 - 15:45 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
southpacific9.JPGJPG southpacific9.JPG manage 369 K 19 Jan 2021 - 15:22 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1965 Cooley's Iris Gardens catalogue by Terry Laurin
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