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■(TB) 'Sylvia Murray'

1943, Norton

'Sylvia Murray' (Luke Norton, R. 1943) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-B1L. 'Great Lakes' x 'Shining Waters'. Honorable Mention 1946.

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From Fairmount Gardens catalog, 1948:_ SYLVIA MURRAY (Norton 1944) A very fine blue from Great Lakes and Shining Waters. The flowers are clear and pure in color with precise styling, frosty firm texture, and heavy substance. Luxuriant growth, and tall well branched bloom stalks. H. M., A. I. S. 1946. 40 in. $7.50.
SYLVIA MURRAY (Norton) Still one of the best of the very light blues. The fashion now is all for ruffled irises and Sylvia Murray is tailored. I think we still need both types, and Sylvia has other good qualities to go with her trim form such as substance, branching, and dependability, and a color that does not fade in Nashville." Jesse E. Wills (Tennessee), “Varietal Comment, Irises Seen in Nashville”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 123, (October 1951): 70.


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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Topic revision: r11 - 18 Feb 2021, Harloiris
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