■(TB) '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.
| 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
| FURTHER CULTURAL INFORMATION
| 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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