Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Merchant Marine') in the Irises Database

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Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Keith Keppel
Year Of Registration: 2006
Year Of Introduction (May Differ From Registry): 2007
Seedling Number: 00-261A
Classification: Tall Bearded (TB)
Registered Height: 38 inches (97 cm)
Bloom Season: Mid
Flower Form: Bubble Ruffled
Bloom Color Classification: Blue
Flower Patterns: Self
Bloom Color Description: Medium blue standards; slightly deeper medium blue falls
Beard Color: Light blue, sunflower in throat
Style Arm Color: Lighter blue
Awards: Honorable Mention: 2009
Award of Merit: 2011

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: Yaquina Blue X 96-16A: (Sea Power x Rippling River)
Child plants: one child plant

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Comments:
Posted by KentPfeiffer (Southeast Nebraska - Zone 5b) on Mar 23, 2012 10:25 AM

Vigorous grower, heavy bloomer.

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Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 28, 2013 4:29 PM

Merchant Marine is simply a stunning iris. Gosh, I love those blooms. Merchant Marine has such very ruffled, full flowers. A good grower with lots of bloom each season. I think it is my favorite iris.

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Plant Events from our members
Calif_Sue On May 11, 2016 Bloomed
shizen On August 25, 2018 Obtained plant
gift from andrea; potted; moved to front
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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So beautiful! by csandt Aug 6, 2017 9:02 PM 1
How many bearded irises are you growing? by hippie Mar 18, 2019 11:04 PM 79
Your very best blue iris? by evelyninthegarden Sep 15, 2018 10:34 AM 70
Best bets for a newbie, zone 5B by Keysfins Aug 19, 2018 3:43 PM 40
2018 ........i got a box!!!😁😍 by shizen Mar 15, 2019 3:12 PM 1,448
Best Blue (Closest To True Blue) Iris by jmcbackyarddigger May 22, 2018 12:28 AM 22
Blooms 2018 by cliftoncat Jan 2, 2019 4:17 PM 2,872
2018 Orders by Dachsylady86 Jul 17, 2018 5:56 PM 1,398
Jan's Rustic Garden by janwax Mar 24, 2019 10:15 PM 1,663
Lindsay's Blooms by Lbsmitty Aug 1, 2017 3:04 AM 511
Top Ten picks! by bluegrassmom Dec 2, 2018 1:40 PM 36
Favorite fancy, ruffled iris! by bluegrassmom Apr 18, 2017 4:49 PM 56
Iris Guessing Game Round 6 by IrisLilli Mar 19, 2017 2:22 AM 61
Bloom Season 2017 by shizen Mar 29, 2018 1:09 PM 3,789
2017 orders by Lestv Sep 18, 2017 10:45 AM 1,756
Seapower v Merchant Marine by LynNY Aug 2, 2016 7:26 AM 24
Of all the iris you grew for the first time this year, which is your favorite? by ruthschlegel Jun 13, 2016 6:34 PM 113
It's a Dead Heat for 2016! by tveguy3 Aug 18, 2016 4:23 PM 501
What Keppel Irises do you currently have in your Garden? by tveguy3 Feb 27, 2016 11:27 AM 132
Bloom Season 2016 by coboro Jun 1, 2016 6:44 PM 1,942
Top dozen TBs to recommend to a perennial gardener: your nominations by gemini_sage Nov 19, 2017 10:29 AM 164

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