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■(TB) 'White Lightning'

1974, Gatty

'White Lightning' ( Joseph Gatty, R. 1973). Seedling# B37-1. TB, 35" (89 cm). Early bloom. White with uniform fine veining pattern of golden glow (M&P 9-L-6) on hafts; bright cadmium yellow beard. 'Launching Pad' X 'New Moon'. Keppel 1974. Honorable Mention 1975; Franklin Cook Cup 1975; Award of Merit 1977.

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From AIS Bulletin #213 April 1974 Introducing WHITE LIGHTNING (Gatty) E, 35". Launching Pad X New Moon. Early growth means early bloom for this gorgeous pure white with an inconspicuous netting of clear yellow on the haft. It's the bright cadmium yellow beard which gives the jolt to this flower. Standards upright and intertwined, falls arched outward at the haft, almost vertical below. Flower parts with finely pinked edges which, in turn, are heavily ruffled and fluted. Two to three branches plus terminal, seven or eight buds. White, but quite distinctive! Pollen fertile. HC '73. $25.00. Keith Keppel.
Next came the four star WHITE LIGHTNING. I've watched it for four years now and still find this huge snow white with lace and a fiery gold heart on my ten-best list. Among the first to bloom, still opening buds at the end of the season, every stalk a show stalk, substance as thick as this paper, and does it grow! Wish they were all as good as this one. [Margaret Dean, (NM), “How They Grow, New Mexico Style”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 246 (July 1982): 13.]


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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WHITELIGHTENING01.jpgjpg WHITELIGHTENING01.jpg manage 125 K 12 Nov 2015 - 15:34 UnknownUser Photo by La Ferme Des Iris-France
WHITELIGHTNING1.JPGJPG WHITELIGHTNING1.JPG manage 177 K 25 Nov 2018 - 04:21 UnknownUser Photo by Debbie Carpenter-Iris Splendor Garden-Australia.
WhiteLightning01.JPGJPG WhiteLightning01.JPG manage 49 K 09 Dec 2014 - 16:53 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WhiteLightning02.JPGJPG WhiteLightning02.JPG manage 78 K 05 Sep 2021 - 01:20 UnknownUser Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WhiteLightning070705.jpgjpg WhiteLightning070705.jpg manage 29 K 28 Jun 2013 - 21:54 ColleenModra Taken in my garden in South Australia
WhiteLightningBHI.jpgjpg WhiteLightningBHI.jpg manage 165 K 24 Nov 2011 - 19:30 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
WhiteLightningDE.jpgjpg WhiteLightningDE.jpg manage 50 K 12 Aug 2012 - 19:37 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Donald Eaves
WhiteLightning_by_JanLauritzen.jpgjpg WhiteLightning_by_JanLauritzen.jpg manage 64 K 18 Feb 2012 - 08:36 Main.janlauritzen Taken in my yard in Southern CA
WhiteLightning_by_JanLauritzen_2.jpgjpg WhiteLightning_by_JanLauritzen_2.jpg manage 68 K 18 Feb 2012 - 08:37 Main.janlauritzen Taken in my yard in Southern CA
WhiteLightning_by_JanLauritzen_3.jpgjpg WhiteLightning_by_JanLauritzen_3.jpg manage 61 K 18 Feb 2012 - 08:37 Main.janlauritzen Taken in my yard in Southern CA
White_Lightning9.jpgjpg White_Lightning9.jpg manage 200 K 01 Oct 2021 - 02:52 UnknownUser Photo by Michael Barnes- Iris Australis-Australia
whitelightning01.JPGJPG whitelightning01.JPG manage 1 MB 13 Jan 2017 - 19:39 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Glenn Corlew slide collection
whitelightning02.JPGJPG whitelightning02.JPG manage 998 K 13 Jan 2017 - 19:40 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Glenn Corlew slide collection
whitelightning03.JPGJPG whitelightning03.JPG manage 748 K 13 Jan 2017 - 19:42 UnknownUser Photo scanned from the Glenn Corlew slide collection
whitelightning7.jpgjpg whitelightning7.jpg manage 54 K 25 Jul 2013 - 20:26 UnknownUser Photo by KINSpirit Iris & Daylily Farm
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