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■(TB) 'Swazi'

1922, Bliss

'Swazi' (Arthur John Bliss, 1922) TB. Late bloom. Color Class-B3D. Unknown x 'Dominion'.

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Swazi beard-haftSwazi fallphoto by Mike UnserPhoto by Kate Brewitt at Winterberry Iris GardensPhoto by Kate Brewitt at Winterberry Iris GardensPhoto Courtesy of HIPS


From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: SWAZI (Bliss 1922). S. bluish-violet; F. velvety, blackish-violet. Magnificent flowers on a vigorous plant with 36-inch stems. The coloring isnearly the same as the Dominion parent, but the habits and carriage of the plant are far better. The available stocks of this fine Iris have never equalled the demand for it even at the high price. $20.00 each.
From Bonnewitz catalog, 1927: SWAZI (Bliss). Dominion Seedling. S. large and well arched, soft bluish-violet; F. rich velvety pansy-violet. A large bloom of excellent substance. Height 36 inches. It has taken this variety five years to get acclimated in my garden, but it is now apparently as vigorous as Cardinal, Duke of Bedford or Bruno. $18.00.


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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-- BobPries - 2011-03-07
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Swazi beard-haft.JPGJPG Swazi beard-haft.JPG manage 215 K 21 May 2022 - 16:16 DaveinPA  
Swazi fall.JPGJPG Swazi fall.JPG manage 1 MB 21 May 2022 - 16:16 DaveinPA  
SwaziHIPS.jpgjpg SwaziHIPS.jpg manage 84 K 19 Feb 2012 - 23:10 BetsyHiggins Photo Courtesy of HIPS
swazi-jb.jpgjpg swazi-jb.jpg manage 30 K 23 Feb 2013 - 17:32 Main.Harloiris photo by Mike Unser
swazi9.JPGJPG swazi9.JPG manage 263 K 30 Sep 2022 - 02:09 TerryLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt at Winterberry Iris Gardens
swazi90.JPGJPG swazi90.JPG manage 234 K 30 Sep 2022 - 02:09 TerryLaurin Photo by Kate Brewitt at Winterberry Iris Gardens
Topic revision: r13 - 30 Sep 2022, Harloiris
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