■(TB) 'Souv. de Mme Gaudichau'
1914, Millet et Fils
'Souv. de Mme Gaudichau'
(Millet et Fils
, 1914). TB, 36", Early midseason bloom. Standards violet; falls blackish purple; blue and gold beard. Fragrant.
| Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1922, Tome XXIII, p. 217.
Millet et Fils, irises and new peonies 1930-1931, p. 18.
Vilmorin-Andrieu & Cie, plantes 1931, p. 64.
| From Robert Wayman, "Best Twenty-five Irises", The Flower Grower Oct 1925: "SOUVENIR DE MME. GAUDICHEAU: Rated 93, this is admitted by nearly everybody who is an authority to be the very largest, finest and richest dark purple. It grows 42 inches tall, blooms early and is very free flowering."
| From J.C. Nicholls catalog for 1928: "S. Bradleys violet. F. brilliant velvety blackish purple. A large rich black violet bicolor. Well branched, strong and free blooming. Habit and style excellent. One of the finest and most sought after Irises yet produced, only three others holding a higher rating."
| From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: SOUVENIR DE MME. GAUDICHAU (Millet 1914) 9.3. One of the most striking and remarkable of all the Irises. A tall, early, deep purple bicolor of an unusual velvety appearance. The fine shape and finish of the H flower give great distinction to the plant. 42 inches. $1.00 each.
| From Bonnewitz catalog, 1926: SOUV. DE MADAME GAUDICHAU (Millet) $1.40. This very dark blue-purple variety is undoubtedly one of the best Irises in the world. It has great size, splendid height, excellent substance, clear, distinct color and wonderful vigor. It has all the desirable characteristics of which any dark colored Iris can boast, combined with the ability to increase rapidly. We recommend it in every particular.
Souvenir de Madame Gaudicheau', as listed in Journal de la SNHF; Souvenir de Mme Gaudichau; note: Mme stands for Madame (french spelling); Souvenir de Madame Gaudicheu.
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| 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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