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■(TB) 'Sterling Blush'

1982, Innerst

'Sterling Blush' (Sterling Innerst, R. 1981). Seedling# 346-1. TB, 34" (86 cm). Midseason bloom. Ruffled medium blush pink; medium pink beard; slight fragrance. 'Buffy' X 'Pink Angel'. Innerst 1982. Honorable Mention 1985.

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From AIS Bulletin #245 April 1982 Introducing STERLING BLUSH TB, 36", Midseason, HC 1981. Sdlg. 346-1: Buffy X Pink Angel. This cultivar was very nice in several St. Louis gardens. It is a smooth, very ruffled and laced medium pink self including beards. Very wide and excellently branched stalks with 7 to 9 buds. Sterling Blush is the parent of several excellent very, very lacy offspring. Semi-flaring. Fertile both ways. $25.00. Sterling Innerst.
"STERLING BLUSH ('82) is noteworthy for its tight, compact form and clearness of the pink saturation. Branching is very good, on graceful stalks, but bud count is somewhat shy (although the substance is so fine that the flowers usually last an extra day)." [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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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
SterlingBlush01.jpgjpg SterlingBlush01.jpg manage 40 K 30 Sep 2014 - 17:12 UnknownUser Photo by C&T Iris Patch
SterlingBlush03.JPGJPG SterlingBlush03.JPG manage 79 K 01 Sep 2021 - 01:23 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
SterlingBlush04.JPGJPG SterlingBlush04.JPG manage 58 K 07 Dec 2014 - 17:23 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
SterlingBlush12BHI.jpgjpg SterlingBlush12BHI.jpg manage 76 K 04 May 2012 - 22:11 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
sterlingblush5.JPGJPG sterlingblush5.JPG manage 163 K 15 Jul 2023 - 15:24 UnknownUser Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
sterlingblush50.JPGJPG sterlingblush50.JPG manage 157 K 15 Jul 2023 - 15:25 UnknownUser Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
Topic revision: r19 - 15 Jul 2023, Harloiris
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