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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: Bitone
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
Ploidy: Tetraploid
Parentage: Yaquina Blue X 96-16A: (Sea Power x Rippling River)
Child plants: 2 child plants

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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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