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■(TB) 'Star Shine'

1949, Wills

'Star Shine' (Jesse Wills, R. 1947). TB. Midseason/Late bloom. Color Class W6L rev. ('Hermitage' x 'Hernani') x 'Song Of Gold'. Seedling# 7-44. High Commendation 1948; Honorable Mention 1949; Josephine Romney-Towndrow Award, RHS 1953.

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Star Shine 1953 131 10 AIS.pdfStar Shinecct.JPEGstarshine01.jpgstarshine010.JPGStarShine02.jpgstarshine07.JPGstarshine09.JPGstarshine2.JPGstarshine7.JPGstarshine8.JPGstarshine9.JPGstarshine fl.jpgstarshineunser.jpg


STARSHINE. "This was a fine thing in Fisher Harris' garden but with me it sulked a bit and will need another year's growth." Mrs. M. D. Naylor (Utah), “Varietal Comment, Comments from Region 12” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 123, (October 1951): 74.
"At a two day show staged by the Royal Horticultural Society in Horticultural Hall, Westminster, Iris Star Shine (Wills 1949) was awarded the Josephine Romney-Towndrow Award. This beautiful statue shown in the accompanying photograph is awarded yearly to the breeder of the iris, which, in the opinion of the show judges, has the best form of any variety exhibited in the show. The statue after suitable engraving rotates yearly in the same manner as the Franklin Cook Memorial Award of the AIS, formerly known as the President's Cup. The award was instituted in 1953 by Mr. Romney-Towndrow in honor of his wife." A.I.S. Bulletin #131 October 1953, p 8
STAR SHINE. (J. Wills, 1949). M.L. Deep cream, white, and pearly blue are so skillfully combined that the flower has the irridescent gleam of lustrous pearls. An iris of great individuality, it was a center of attraction in the Wills garden at the time of the Nashville meeting. The deep cream or buff-yellow standards are broad and domed, the white flaring falls have a suggestion of blue in the center, and an edging of the same color as the standards. Very firm substanced flowers and exceptionally sturdy well branched stalks. An iris that never succumbs to the elements. It has great distinction both in quality of flower and arrangement of color. H.C., A.I.S., 1948. H.M., A.I.S., 1949. 36 inches. $3.00.
Introduced by Fairmount Gardens in 1949 for $15.00. "Blended cream, white and blue."


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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-- BetsyHiggins - 2011-03-07
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Medal_Star_Shine.jpg_1jpg_1 Medal_Star_Shine.jpg_1 manage 66 K 22 Dec 2013 - 01:24 Main.davepote A.I.S. Bulletin #130 October 1953, p. 8.
Star Shine 1953 131_10_AIS.pdfpdf Star Shine 1953 131_10_AIS.pdf manage 237 K 18 Jul 2020 - 18:52 Main.davepote Exported from AIS Bulletin #131(Oct 1953), p 8.
StarShine02.jpgjpg StarShine02.jpg manage 135 K 19 Sep 2017 - 18:49 Main.TLaurin Photo by Amazing Iris Garden-New Zealand
Star_Shinecct.JPEGJPEG Star_Shinecct.JPEG manage 20 K 20 Feb 2012 - 01:10 Main.Betsy881 Photo Courtesy of HIPS
starshine01.jpgjpg starshine01.jpg manage 21 K 13 Sep 2014 - 15:07 Main.TLaurin Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
starshine010.JPGJPG starshine010.JPG manage 172 K 10 Feb 2024 - 14:38 Main.TLaurin Photo by Seagate Nurseries-Long Sutton Bypass-Long Sutton-United Kingdom
starshine07.JPGJPG starshine07.JPG manage 96 K 31 Aug 2021 - 22:17 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
starshine09.JPGJPG starshine09.JPG manage 436 K 22 Aug 2020 - 02:44 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned from the 1957 Schreiners catalogue by Terry Laurin
starshine2.JPGJPG starshine2.JPG manage 258 K 26 Aug 2017 - 02:31 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt taken at the Royal Botanical Gardens-Hamilton,Ontario,Canada
starshine7.JPGJPG starshine7.JPG manage 144 K 23 Jun 2020 - 15:26 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
starshine8.JPGJPG starshine8.JPG manage 140 K 23 Jun 2020 - 15:26 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
starshine9.JPGJPG starshine9.JPG manage 127 K 23 Jun 2020 - 15:27 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
starshine_fl.jpgjpg starshine_fl.jpg manage 68 K 12 Aug 2012 - 13:36 IrisP  
starshineunser.jpgjpg starshineunser.jpg manage 110 K 09 Jan 2022 - 14:02 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mike Unser at Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
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