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■(TB) 'Vert Galant'

1929, Cayeux

'Vert Galant' (Ferdinand Cayeux, 1929) TB 48" Midseason bloom. Color Class S9D. 'Asia' X 'Bruno'. French Dykes Memorial Medal 1929.

See below:
From Cayeux et Le Clerc catalog (1930), p. 5Photo by Iris en Provence - parc floral de Paris (2019)Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady SpotPhoto courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS websitePhoto by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris GardensPhoto by Iris City Gardens


Bulletin de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1929, 5e série, Tome II, p. 414.
From Cayeux et Le Clerc catalog for 1930, p. 7: "The photo figured in this catalogue do not convey a fair idea of the perfect beauty, the perfection, the amplitude, nor the opulence of colourings of 'Vert Galant' which has been recommended by the Irises Comission of the Société Nationale d'Horticulture for the W.R. Dykes Memorial medal as the finest new Iris of the year (May 28th, 1929). Strong much branched stems over 4 feet tall bearing well poised flowers. Standards coppery-fawn suffused lilac, falls round vivid garnet-red edged bronze. Wide yellow throat reticulated brown. Beard yellow."
See John C. Wister Collection, Scott Arboretum Archives, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College: picture.
From Quality Gardens catalog 1931: VERT GALLANT (Vair-galan) (Cayeux 1929) M. 50". An enormous flower of very heavy texture, rich coloring and fine form. S. coppery fawn, suffused soft lilac. F. round, vivid garnet red, edged bronze. Beautiful soft yellow throat, reticulated browm. The flowers are most gracefully borne on strong, well branched stems, more than 4 feet in height. This iris was awarded the Dykes Medal for 1929 in France; the highest award that can be given. One of Cayeux’ best. $35.00.
From Cooley's Wholesale pricelist, 1932: VERT GALANT. Like Damon and Pythias, VERT GALANT and DÉPUTÉ NOMBLOT are usually seen together---they are "pals inseparable." This one is in a distinct shade of brilliant copper-red, with coppery fawn standards. In a California garden in 1930 I found one rhizome putting forth four huge stalks. Last year it was the largest and most outstanding thing in Mr. Wister's Philadelphia garden. In the garden of Robert Schreiner in St. Paul it was likewise of stupendous size, its second similar performance there. The brilliant copper tome has extra good carrying quality, and the four-foot spikes dominate the garden. Another Dykes medal winner. Each $15.00; three for $40.00.


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.

-- BobPries - 2011-03-07

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I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
VertGalant01.JPGJPG VertGalant01.JPG manage 131 K 09 Dec 2016 - 16:49 TerryLaurin Photo by Judy Schneider-The Shady Spot
VertGalant02.JPEGJPEG VertGalant02.JPEG manage 31 K 10 May 2014 - 01:41 TerryLaurin Photo courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
vert-galant-1930.jpgjpg vert-galant-1930.jpg manage 135 K 19 Nov 2018 - 07:50 AlainFranco From Cayeux et Le Clerc catalog (1930), p. 5
vert-galant_parc-floral-paris.jpgjpg vert-galant_parc-floral-paris.jpg manage 149 K 26 May 2019 - 16:14 AlainFranco Photo by Iris en Provence - parc floral de Paris (2019)
vertgalant5.JPGJPG vertgalant5.JPG manage 201 K 18 Jun 2023 - 21:09 TerryLaurin Photo by Delane Langton-Eagle Ridge Iris Gardens
vertgalantIC.jpgjpg vertgalantIC.jpg manage 20 K 13 Dec 2011 - 01:28 BetsyHiggins Photo by Iris City Gardens
Topic revision: r28 - 23 Jun 2023, Harloiris
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