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■(TB) 'Thornbird'

1989, Byers

'Thornbird' (Monty Byers, R. 1988). Seedling# D156-1-B. TB, 35" (89 cm), Midseason bloom. Standards pale ecru; falls greenish tan, deeper at hafts which are overlaid with deep violet lines radiating out from around beard and suffusing into center; violet beard tipped mustard, violet horns or spoons; lightly ruffled; slight sweet fragrance. 'Art Of Raphael' X seedling# B-8-2: ('Cease-Fire' x 'Sky Hooks'). Moonshine Gardens 1989. Honorable Mention 1991; Award of Merit 1993; Wister Medal 1996; American Dykes Medal 1997; Nelson Award 2004; Nelson Award 2007; Nelson Award 2012; Nelson Award 2014.

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A spathe and bud of TB Thornbird. Photos taken by Holly Johnson at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, 5/19 and 5/25/2017.TB Thornbird. Photo taken by Holly Johnson at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, 6/01/2017.Top view of style arms of TB Thornbird. Photo taken by Holly Johnson at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, 6/01/2017.Purple based foliage of TB Thornbird. Photo taken by Holly Johnson at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, 6/27/2017.TB Thornbird, Blooming in 2023, after its first year in my garden. From SchreinerTB Thornbird. A peak inside, blooming in 2023, after its first year in my garden. From SchreinerPlease contact Brock Heilman for image use.Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.Photo by Betty Jacobs. Picture taken at SchreinerPhoto by El Hutchison, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Z3Photo By Steve SayersThornbird -side. Nicky Alle NZ Centauri Irises, Fxton, NZphoto by Rachel Marks, Gippsland Australia, 2022Photo by Dorothy Parker in Burleson TXPhoto by Dorothy Parker in Burleson TXThornbird photo by Sherryl Barr in Burleson TXPhoto by Peggy CatheyIris thornbirdPhoto by Rainbow Iris FarmPhoto by Ogden Station DayliliesPhoto by Blue J IrisPhoto by Richmond Irises-New ZealandPhoto by Blue J IrisPhoto by Igor Khorosh,UkrainePhoto by Iris City GardensPhoto by Judy Schneider-The Shady SpotPhoto by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.Photo by Burgard Iris FarmPhoto by Mikey Lango-Taken at 2015 AIS ConventionPhoto by Stoney Creek IrisIris Photo by Iris Garden Feel Good-RussiaPhoto by Front Range IrisPhoto by Superstition Iris GardensPhoto by SchreinerPhoto by Ozark Iris Gardens,LLCPhoto by Echo Iris GardenThornbird by Mike UnserPhoto by Alla Chernoguz-UkrainePhoto by Alain Chapelle-FrancePhoto by South Jersey IrisPhoto by Daniel Boris,Iris Du Grand Barbu-FrancePhoto by Winterberry GardensPhoto by Darius Gusas-LithuaniaPhoto by Darius Gusas-LithuaniaPhoto by Darius Gusas-LithuaniaPhoto by Tara Perennial Farm, Tara, ON Canada z5aPhoto by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France

References

From Moonshine Gardens catalog, 1989: THORNBIRD - 35" M. Dl56-1-B: ART OF RAPHAEL X (CEASE-FIRE x SKY HOOKS). Pale ecru S; greenish tan F. with deeper hafts that are overlaid with deep violet lines that suffuse into the centers; violet beards tipped mustard and purple horns, sometimes spoons. To say not everyone will care for this is probably an understatement! Not what even I could call very pretty but it has something that always makes me pause. Most strange with a kind of predatory presence I think, especially when it sports dark jaggedy appendages! -claws?, talons?! Purple based foliage too. A very good grower and though not refined, pretty good in all other respects. $25.00
 

Culture

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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-- BrockHeilman - 2009-12-09
  • TB 'Thornbird' bloomed at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, approximately May 27 - June 12, in 2017. There is a small amount of color on the purple based foliage of 'Thornbird', on some leaves, this was very pale in color. -- HollyJohnson2017 -04-01 - 02 Oct 2017
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20170519_125421TB Thornbird (3RScombo).jpgjpg 20170519_125421TB Thornbird (3RScombo).jpg manage 153 K 02 Oct 2017 - 21:36 HollyJohnson2017-04-01 A spathe and bud of TB Thornbird. Photos taken by Holly Johnson at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, 5/19 and 5/25/2017.
20170601_145324TB Thornbird  (2RS).jpgjpg 20170601_145324TB Thornbird (2RS).jpg manage 226 K 02 Oct 2017 - 21:44 HollyJohnson2017-04-01 TB Thornbird. Photo taken by Holly Johnson at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, 6/01/2017.
20170601_145343TB Thornbird  (2RS).jpgjpg 20170601_145343TB Thornbird (2RS).jpg manage 303 K 02 Oct 2017 - 21:42 HollyJohnson2017-04-01 Top view of style arms of TB Thornbird. Photo taken by Holly Johnson at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, 6/01/2017.
20170627_124855 TB Thornbird (RS).jpgjpg 20170627_124855 TB Thornbird (RS).jpg manage 338 K 02 Oct 2017 - 21:46 HollyJohnson2017-04-01 Purple based foliage of TB Thornbird. Photo taken by Holly Johnson at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, zone 4b, 6/27/2017.
2023 Thornbird 1.jpgjpg 2023 Thornbird 1.jpg manage 1 MB 27 Jun 2023 - 16:27 NancyCarol TB Thornbird, Blooming in 2023, after its first year in my garden. From Schreiner's
2023 Thornbird2.jpgjpg 2023 Thornbird2.jpg manage 1 MB 27 Jun 2023 - 16:29 NancyCarol TB Thornbird. A peak inside, blooming in 2023, after its first year in my garden. From Schreiner's
BHP_0174-X2_thornbird.jpgjpg BHP_0174-X2_thornbird.jpg manage 179 K 11 Feb 2016 - 19:31 BrockHeilman Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.
BHP_1212-X2_thornbird.jpgjpg BHP_1212-X2_thornbird.jpg manage 73 K 21 Feb 2016 - 08:01 BrockHeilman Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.
DSCN3109.JPGJPG DSCN3109.JPG manage 69 K 02 Jun 2011 - 02:06 Main.bjacobs Photo by Betty Jacobs. Picture taken at Schreiner's Gardens.
TBThornbird.jpgjpg TBThornbird.jpg manage 64 K 16 Feb 2010 - 00:36 EleanorHutchison Photo by El Hutchison, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Z3
THORNBIRD04.jpgjpg THORNBIRD04.jpg manage 57 K 23 Apr 2014 - 19:23 TerryLaurin Photo by Igor Khorosh,Ukraine
THORNBIRD11.jpgjpg THORNBIRD11.jpg manage 218 K 02 Oct 2017 - 19:47 TerryLaurin Photo by Iris Garden Feel Good-Russia
Thornbird - side view.jpgjpg Thornbird - side view.jpg manage 45 K 27 Aug 2022 - 11:06 Main.firecentaurr Thornbird -side. Nicky Alle NZ Centauri Irises, Fxton, NZ
Thornbird 19 Nov.jpgjpg Thornbird 19 Nov.jpg manage 301 K 22 Nov 2022 - 02:00 RachelMarks photo by Rachel Marks, Gippsland Australia, 2022
Thornbird 2.jpgjpg Thornbird 2.jpg manage 60 K 03 Apr 2023 - 23:31 Main.Ladylovingdove Photo by Dorothy Parker in Burleson TX
Thornbird 2021-2.jpgjpg Thornbird 2021-2.jpg manage 46 K 03 Apr 2023 - 23:27 Main.Ladylovingdove Photo by Dorothy Parker in Burleson TX
Thornbird by Sherry.jpgjpg Thornbird by Sherry.jpg manage 74 K 27 Apr 2022 - 19:49 Main.Ladylovingdove Thornbird photo by Sherryl Barr in Burleson TX
Thornbird-PDC.jpgjpg Thornbird-PDC.jpg manage 638 K 18 Apr 2020 - 18:15 PeggyACathey Photo by Peggy Cathey
Thornbird.jpgjpg Thornbird.jpg manage 185 K 22 May 2021 - 18:28 SanjaKovacic Iris 'Thornbird'
Thornbird01.jpgjpg Thornbird01.jpg manage 82 K 05 Nov 2014 - 03:52 TerryLaurin Photo by Ogden Station Daylilies
Thornbird02.jpgjpg Thornbird02.jpg manage 86 K 14 Apr 2014 - 16:34 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
Thornbird03.JPGJPG Thornbird03.JPG manage 74 K 14 Apr 2014 - 16:35 TerryLaurin Photo by Blue J Iris
Thornbird04.JPGJPG Thornbird04.JPG manage 150 K 01 Sep 2016 - 15:18 TerryLaurin Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
Thornbird1.jpgjpg Thornbird1.jpg manage 198 K 22 May 2021 - 18:27 SanjaKovacic Iris 'Thornbird', thriving in collection of Zagreb Botanical Garden, Croatia
Thornbird18.jpgjpg Thornbird18.jpg manage 31 K 08 Sep 2013 - 14:55 TerryLaurin Photo by Ozark Iris Gardens,LLC
Thornbird19.jpgjpg Thornbird19.jpg manage 62 K 06 Sep 2013 - 21:36 TerryLaurin Photo by Echo Iris Garden
Thornbird22.jpgjpg Thornbird22.jpg manage 66 K 29 Nov 2013 - 22:14 TerryLaurin Photo by South Jersey Iris
Thornbird23.jpgjpg Thornbird23.jpg manage 44 K 18 Dec 2013 - 21:10 TerryLaurin Photo by Daniel Boris,Iris Du Grand Barbu-France
Thornbird24.jpgjpg Thornbird24.jpg manage 36 K 14 Jan 2014 - 03:14 TerryLaurin Photo by Winterberry Gardens
Thornbird4.JPGJPG Thornbird4.JPG manage 65 K 03 Jun 2013 - 22:44 TerryLaurin Photo by Tara Perennial Farm, Tara, ON Canada z5a
ThornbirdES.jpgjpg ThornbirdES.jpg manage 61 K 30 May 2014 - 15:31 BetsyHiggins Photo by Evelyn Small
ThornbirdPJO.jpgjpg ThornbirdPJO.jpg manage 49 K 11 Aug 2012 - 22:58 BetsyHiggins Photo by Patrick Orr
Thornbird_192.jpgjpg Thornbird_192.jpg manage 51 K 19 Mar 2012 - 06:38 Main.iris.ua Thornbird
Thornbird_192_0.jpgjpg Thornbird_192_0.jpg manage 60 K 19 Mar 2012 - 06:39 Main.iris.ua Thornbird
Thornbird_2_.jpgjpg Thornbird_2_.jpg manage 40 K 04 Jan 2011 - 19:26 Main.rivdel 'Thornbird' in NZ by Stephanie Boot
Thornbird_957.jpgjpg Thornbird_957.jpg manage 70 K 20 Jan 2010 - 17:43 Main.mshadow Thornbird by Marilyn Campbell
Thornbird_TB_M._Byers_1989.jpgjpg Thornbird_TB_M._Byers_1989.jpg manage 66 K 21 Sep 2014 - 21:59 Main.georgebacon Photo by George Bacon-Breezeway Iris Garden
Thornbird__Byers_89N1_DM1997.JPGJPG Thornbird__Byers_89N1_DM1997.JPG manage 65 K 10 Jan 2010 - 11:48 Main.Laymont+ by Dejoux in my garden : sud-ouest France
thorbird07.jpgjpg thorbird07.jpg manage 55 K 21 Nov 2014 - 15:54 TerryLaurin Photo By Steve Sayers
thornbird.jpgjpg thornbird.jpg manage 62 K 13 Jan 2010 - 16:56 Main.avmoran  
thornbird01.jpgjpg thornbird01.jpg manage 30 K 26 Jul 2014 - 02:25 TerryLaurin Photo by Rainbow Iris Farm
thornbird02.jpgjpg thornbird02.jpg manage 28 K 28 Jul 2014 - 02:09 TerryLaurin Photo by Richmond Irises-New Zealand
thornbird04.jpgjpg thornbird04.jpg manage 53 K 22 Aug 2014 - 22:11 TerryLaurin Photo by Iris City Gardens
thornbird05.JPGJPG thornbird05.JPG manage 77 K 21 May 2014 - 03:12 TerryLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
thornbird06.JPGJPG thornbird06.JPG manage 65 K 16 Apr 2014 - 14:05 TerryLaurin Photo by Don McQueen,London, Ont. Canada Zone5.
thornbird07.jpgjpg thornbird07.jpg manage 76 K 11 May 2015 - 02:24 TerryLaurin Photo by Burgard Iris Farm
thornbird08.jpgjpg thornbird08.jpg manage 58 K 28 Aug 2015 - 00:35 TerryLaurin Photo by Mikey Lango-Taken at 2015 AIS Convention
thornbird09.jpgjpg thornbird09.jpg manage 33 K 18 Jan 2017 - 22:39 TerryLaurin Photo by Stoney Creek Iris
thornbird13.jpgjpg thornbird13.jpg manage 31 K 26 Mar 2013 - 19:44 TerryLaurin Photo by Front Range Iris
thornbird14.jpgjpg thornbird14.jpg manage 47 K 13 May 2013 - 16:58 TerryLaurin Photo by Superstition Iris Gardens
thornbird16.jpgjpg thornbird16.jpg manage 70 K 14 Jul 2013 - 01:26 TerryLaurin Photo by Schreiner's Iris Gardens
thornbird2-mu.jpgjpg thornbird2-mu.jpg manage 35 K 09 Jul 2010 - 18:14 Main.mikeu Thornbird by Mike Unser
thornbird20.jpgjpg thornbird20.jpg manage 81 K 13 Oct 2013 - 20:19 TerryLaurin Photo by Alla Chernoguz-Ukraine
thornbird21.jpgjpg thornbird21.jpg manage 74 K 16 Nov 2013 - 21:21 TerryLaurin Photo by Alain Chapelle-France
thornbird25.JPGJPG thornbird25.JPG manage 51 K 24 Feb 2014 - 21:56 TerryLaurin Photo by Darius Gusas-Lithuania
thornbird26.JPGJPG thornbird26.JPG manage 69 K 24 Feb 2014 - 21:58 TerryLaurin Photo by Darius Gusas-Lithuania
thornbird27.JPGJPG thornbird27.JPG manage 64 K 24 Feb 2014 - 21:59 TerryLaurin Photo by Darius Gusas-Lithuania
thornbird5.jpgjpg thornbird5.jpg manage 154 K 04 Dec 2017 - 21:47 TerryLaurin Photo by Christine Cosi-Iris en Perigord- France
thornbird6.JPGJPG thornbird6.JPG manage 192 K 01 Mar 2020 - 12:52 TerryLaurin Photo by Gerard Raffaelli-France
thornbird9.JPGJPG thornbird9.JPG manage 203 K 28 Mar 2020 - 20:20 TerryLaurin Photo by Rene Martin-France
thornbirdSG.jpgjpg thornbirdSG.jpg manage 15 K 03 Dec 2011 - 19:08 BetsyHiggins Photo by Seagate Irises-United Kingdom
Topic revision: r85 - 28 Oct 2023, AlainFranco
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