Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Arthur Bliss
Year Of Registration: 1926
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 1926
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Bloom Season: Mid Late
Bloom Color Classification: Wine
Flower Patterns: Bitone

General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Parentage: (Knysna x E. H. Jenkins) X Dominion
Child plants: 57 child plants

Common names
  • Tall Bearded Iris
  • Iris

Photo Gallery
Location: Catheys Valley CA
Photo courtesy of Superstition Iris Gardens, posted with permissi

Date: c. 1937
photo from the 1937 catalog, Cooley's Gardens, Silverton, Oregon

Date: c. 1935
photo ['Grace Sturtevant' is lower left] from the 1935 catalog, R
  • Posted by scvirginia on Dec 26, 2020 2:27 PM concerning plant:
    Description from the 1927 catalog, Glen Road Iris Gardens, Wellesley, Massachusetts:
    In this catalogue you will find a large number of the "Dominion Race", including my namesake, Miss Grace Sturtevant. In this variety the flower is larger than that of Dominion and of a red rather than of a blue-toned violet. The broad falls are so smooth and velvety that the reflections are almost black, the hafts so thickly netted brown on yellow that even through the centre we have a rich and dark effect that is much heightened by the touch of orange in the projecting beard. [...]
    GRACE STURTEVANT (Bliss, Murrell 1926) This Mr. Bliss considered his finest Dominion seedling when he did me the honor of naming it for me. It is exceedingly rich in color and texture; a dark red-brown and violet-carmine, the falls so velvety that they look black in certain lights. The deep orange beards and yellow hafts marked with brown add richness and give life to the whole effect. Stems well-branched and over three feet high; the large flowers of extra heavy substance and with fertile pollen. $40.00

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