■(TB) 'Swan Ballet'
, R. 1953). Seedling# 51-50A. TB height 40". Midseason to late bloom. Color Class-W1. White self, white beard. 'Spanish Peaks'
X seedling# 49-17: ('Azure Skies'
x seedling# 45-42: ('Easter Morn'
x 'Stella Polaris'
)). [corrected pedigree], Tell 1955. High Commendation 1954, Honorable Mention 1955; Judges' Choice 1955, Judges' Choice 1956, Award of Merit 1957; Premio Firenze 1958; American Dykes Medal 1959
| From Tell’s Iris Garden catalog, 1955: SWAN BALLET (Muhlestein). M.-L. (Spanish Peaks x Faught 19H, or an Azure Skies x (Stella Polaris x Easter Morn.) Its parentage is marked in my records as the Faught white Great Lakes sdlg. 19H; however, a stray grain of pollen of the other listed may have been on the tweezers since the flower is very like this Azure Skies sldg. In any event, this is a beautiful, somewhat ruffled, white with a white beard. The falls are very round and flare horizontally, have a little ruffling and a great amount of substance. Fertile both ways. H.C. '54. Limited stock. No. 5l-50A. $25.00
| From Fleur de Lis Gardens catalog 1956: SWAN BALLET (Muhl. 1955) M. L. 39 in. Spanish Peaks x (Azure Skies x (Stella Polaris x Easter Morn)). Or possibly Spanish Peaks x Faught 19H. However, I would personally credit the first as being the true parentage as I have bloomed the Azure Skies Sdlg. and found it to be almost identical to Swan Ballet. Regardless of which is correct, Swan Ballet ramains the most beautiful white we have seen. Large, with broad, round, heavily substanced petals, the whole flowar has a slight ruffling that gives it just the right amount of grace. H. M. 1955. 22.50.
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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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