■(TB) 'The Red Douglas'
'The Red Douglas'
, R. 1934). Seedling #33-13. TB height 36" Midseason to late bloom. (('Redwing'
) X 'Joycette'
). Honorable Mention 1936; Award of Merit 1939; American Dykes Medal 1941
* See below:
| From Sass catalog, 1937: THE RED DOUGLAS (33-13) (Jacob Sass, 1937) - S. Raisin Purple. F. Dahlia Purple with brown haft. Prominent orange beard. Large flowers on tall well branched stalks up to 40 inches. $25.00.
| The Red Douglas: (J. Sass). While it may not be the best dark red it is one of the most desirable; very rich even clean color, stalk well branched, well worthy of its award. Entrancing. [Belsley, Ray J., Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939), 19.]
| From Carl Salbach catalog 1938: THE RED DOUGLAS (Jacob Sass 1937). Another fine iris that we helped to introduce. Received everywhere by iris enthusiasts as a true sensation. Tall (40-inch}, well branched, and of fine form with a general color effect of bright red. The flower is a deep rich red, brightened by its showy orange beard. Brown haft markings. Very highly rated in the Mid-West, having received its first award, an H. M. from the A. I. S. before it was introduced. Mid-season. $25.00.
| From Schreiners Iris Lover's catalog for 1947: "A magnificent iris. A vibrant red of rich plush-like quality. Rich, rosy wine red solid to the haft. It is not the reddest iris but rather a sterling, gorgeously rich, deep dark red. Critics agree it is one of the finest iris we have."
| THE RED DOUGLAS (J. Sass, 1937) - Being reddish purple, this is quite different from the other deep reds. The color is not as deep as in ‘Solid Mahogany’. Two-toned; standards long and somewhat domed; falls narrow at haft, moderately recurved; good substance; a little venation on haft, beard golden, prominent and carrying out well to the tip. [Elis Nelson, "Varietal Notes on Red Irises," The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 93-94.]
| American iris lovers have granted the Red Douglas all the awards an iris can win. The one remaining tribute we can pay in memory of its great originator, Jacob Sass, is to keep it from oblivion during the trial of the hundreds of new seedlings our ambitious amateurs are producing. So perfect an iris as this colossal wine-red self cannot actually be superseded. The branching, the placement of the flower on the stalk, the plush-like texture, the coloring, resemble no other. [Lila McCombs, “A Critical Evaluation of Older Irises”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 60.]
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.
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION Here
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