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■(TB) 'Star Challenger'

2006, Spoon

'Star Challenger' (Donald Spoon, R. 2006). Seedling# 97-395RE. TB, height 42" (107 cm), Midseson to late bloom and rebloom. Red purple (blend of RHS 77A & 83A) self, style arms lighter edges, old gold yellow base, falls copper infused hafts; beards red purple tipped lavender blue; ruffled, satin sheen; slight sweet fragrance. 'Dusky Challenger' X 'Starburst'. Winterberry 2006. Honorable Mention 2010.

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From AIS Bulletin #341 April 2006 Introducing Star Challenger (D. Spoon) TB, 42" (107 em), ML & RE (November in zone 6b). Sdlg. #97-395RE. Ruffled, redpurple (blend of 77A and 83A) self, including the beards, with satiny sheen. 7" by 8" flowers. Very sturdy, well-branched stalks, 1" thick at base, with 7-11 buds. Closed, domed standards. Style arms lighter redpurple on edges with old gold yellow at the bases. Arched falls have smooth hafts with copper infusions. Redpurple beards tipped lavender blue in middle and in throat. Commanding presence in the garden. Fertile both ways. (Dusky Challenger - RE carrier 39" X Starburst 44"). $45. Winterberry Gardens.


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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-- MarilynCampbell - 2010-02-18
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
StarChallenger2.jpgjpg StarChallenger2.jpg manage 50 K 14 Jan 2014 - 22:21 Main.TLaurin Photo by Winterberry Gardens
starchallenger01.jpgjpg starchallenger01.jpg manage 34 K 01 Sep 2015 - 18:48 Main.TLaurin Photo by Wild Iris Rows
starchallenger02.jpgjpg starchallenger02.jpg manage 138 K 14 Dec 2015 - 02:47 Main.TLaurin Photo By Steve Sayers
starchallenger_jb.jpgjpg starchallenger_jb.jpg manage 70 K 07 Mar 2013 - 03:25 Main.Harloiris photo by Winterberry
Topic revision: r16 - 12 Dec 2021, Harloiris
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