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■(TB) 'Vatican Purple'

1940, Whiting

'Vatican Purple' (Mrs. C. Whiting, R. 1940). Seedling 40-60, TB, 35", Late bloom, Color Class-B1D. 'Missouri' x 'Mata Hari'. Whiting(Maple Valley) 1943.

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From Maple Valley Gardens catalog, 1943: VATICAN PURPLE (Whiting 1943) (No. 4060) M. 35". A deep blue purple self of outstanding character. The color Is very elose to that called Vatican Purpole in the Dictionary of Color. The texture is not velvety so that it neither fades nor spots; the substance is very heavy, giving the fiouers a long lasting quality. The flowers are large. with cupped standards and wide flaring falls. The strong vigorous plants bloom freely and increase well. It comes from Missouri x Mata Hari. $5.00.
VATICAN PURPLE (Whiting) -A dark purple self that would be unbeatable if the standards were closed. They were too opened to really present an appealing appearance. Clifford W. Benson (Mo.), “Varietal Comments,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 96.
VATICAN PURPLE: I was greatly impressed with this fine iris. A big plant, with tall stalks carrying many flowers of rich velvety deep purple. A fine garden iris. Calif. “Varietal Comments” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 103, (October 1946): 62
(1943) Among the dark blues VATICAN PURPLE was most outstanding. It is very large and of excellent form and extremely heavy substance. The garden effect is very blue, close to deep hyacinth of Ridgway. It has a heavy taffeta, not a velvety, texture, which insures its withstanding any kind of weather. A.I.S. Bulletin 91:30-31/Oct 1943.


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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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Vatican Purple1.jpgjpg Vatican Purple1.jpg manage 774 K 28 Dec 2018 - 16:51 Main.Betsy881 Photo from Maple Valley catalog
VaticanPurpleBJI.jpgjpg VaticanPurpleBJI.jpg manage 65 K 10 Apr 2012 - 18:08 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Blue J Iris
VaticanPurplejb.jpgjpg VaticanPurplejb.jpg manage 63 K 27 Jun 2016 - 01:51 Main.Harloiris David Potembski photo "Taken in my garden, Reston, VA Zone 6B in 2013
vaticanpurple01.JPGJPG vaticanpurple01.JPG manage 523 K 07 Feb 2018 - 16:11 Main.TLaurin Photo scanned by Cathy Egerer from 1947 Maple Valley Gardens Catalog.
vaticanpurple5.JPGJPG vaticanpurple5.JPG manage 152 K 30 Jun 2023 - 20:46 Main.TLaurin Photo by Verna Laurin-Willowdale-ON-Canada
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