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 HISTORIC IRIS (On this page from 1985)

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Selman 1985
AFRICAN NIGHTS
Standards aconite violet; falls dark aconite violet; beards dark violet; ruffled

Martial Music X (Tuxedo x Swahili)
$8

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Vilmorin 1910
ALCAZAR
TB - Historic Bi-Color, Lateseason, Exceptionally Tall
Standards light mauve or hortense violet; falls velvety pansy-violet, bronzed and veined on wide outer haft and becoming olive-yellow along a sense, showy beard

None given by the American Iris Society
$8

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Meek 1979
ANGEL SYMPHONY
TB - Early to Midseason, 34"
White self, heavy texture veining with hint of green; orange beard tipped white

Winter Olympics X Murmuring Morn
$12

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Hager 1985
HM 87, AM 89
ANNA BELLE BABSON
TB - Midseason, 36"
Intense deep pink self; narrow tangerine beard

Beverly Sills X Wings of Dreams
$9

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Keppel 1966
HM 67, AM 69
Dykes Medal 1972
 BABBLING BROOK
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 38"
Light blue self

Galilee X Symphony
$7

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Zurbrigg 1979
HM 81, AM 86
Cook-Douglas Medal 1989
BABY BLESSED
SDB - Reblooms - Earlyseason, 10"
Light yellow with small white spot on falls; beards cream

Baby Snowflake X Twice Blessed
Not Available 2018

M. Dunn 1981
HM 83, AM 88
DeBallion Medal 1992
BAJAZZO
Louisiana - Early to Midseason, 38"
Standards deep red-violet; falls velvety deep red-violet, slightly darker in center

Blue Shield X Black Widow
$11

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Burch 1984
BAMA BERRY
TB - Midseason, 35"
Plicata; standards white ground with pink plicata markings; falls white ground with red plicata markings darker in center; beards are red-orange

Highland Chief X Roundup
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Brown 1977
BAY RUM
TB - Midseason, 37"
Standards brown; falls dark red-violet with brown overlay on shoulders; bronze beard; fluted

Involved Parentage
$8

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Plough 1980
HM 82 
BIT OF CHOCOLATE
SDB - Reblooms - Lateseason, 16"
Rich golden-brown self; orange beard tipped blue

(Posy Parade x Gingerbread Man) X Gingerbread Man
$12

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Stahly 1985
HM 87
BLACK MADONNA
TB - Early to Midseason, 36"
Standards deep violet; falls violet-black; self beard

(Tuxedo x (Licorice Stick x Black Swan)) X Dusky Dancer
$10

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Shoop 1983
HM 85
BLAZING LIGHT
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 34"
Standards yellow; falls white with deep orange flush down from hafts; beards red; slight fragrance

Sdlg. 74-7 X 74-6
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Sass 1941
HM 42, AM 44 
BLUE SHIMMER
TB - Historic Iris - Lateseason
Plicata, large clean sparkling white, stippled and peppered all over with bluish-violet

SassHP No. 65-35 X (Blue Monarch X . . .)
$8

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Mohr 1973
HM 74, AM 78
President's Cup 1977
Dykes Medal 1978
BRIDE'S HALO
TB - Early to Midseason, 36"
White bordered by 1/8" yellow band; yellow beard; heavily ruffled and lightly laced

Rainbow Gold X Denver Mint
Not Available 2018

Goos & Koenemann 1930
BRISING
TB - Midseason, 30"
Standards light cream flushed lavender; falls rosy-purple heavily veined white, broad white border, beards yellow, white at end

Not Listed
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Gibson 1983 
BRONZE FAWN
TB - Midseason, 36"
Standards orange, veined violet; falls yellow-orange ground, stitched maroon and garnet, white signal; orange-red beard; ruffled

Beyond X Orange Plume
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Schreiner 1977
HM 79 
BURNT TOFFEE
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 37"
Standards light chocolate, flushed blue-lavender to center along midrib; falls richer chocolate with darker chocolate hafts, blue blaze in center; dull gold to blue beard

Unknown Parentage
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Gibson 1979
 CAN CAN RED
TB - Midseason, 38"
Plicata; standards red-purple; falls white ground, stitched red-purple; beards yellow

Plum Gleam X (102-6EPCh x Wild Giner)
$7

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Hamblin 1972
HM 73, AM 75
CANDY APPLE
SDB - Midseason, 12"
Standards red-purple, falls same with greyed purple overlay; beards violet

Regards X Cherry Garden
$9

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Schreiner 1978
HM 80
CHATTERBOX
IB - Early Season, 18"
White ground plicata, lightly marked rose; yellow-gold beard

Unknown Parentage
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Jones 1966
High Commendation 1966
HM 68, AM 70
Cook-Douglas Medal 1972
CHERRY GARDEN
SDB - Midseason, 15"
Pansy purple self

Captain Gallant X Pumila
$8

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Meek 1978
HM 80, AM 84
CHERRY SMOKE
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 34"
Standards deep red-black; falls same, beards bronze tipped violet

Montego Bay X Dark Valley
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Schreiner 1982
HM 85
CHERUB'S SMILE
TB - Midseason, 38"
Pure flamingo pink; beards tangerine pink

Pink Taffeta X (Bro. Charles 59-12 x Pink Horizon)
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Gibson 1983
HM 85, AM 89
CHICKASAW SUE
BB - Reblooms - Midseason, 26"
Plicata; standards orange-red and violet blend; falls white stitched orange, red-brown edge; beards orance

((Co Co Mocha x 83-6B) x 4-2B) X 72-4C
$12

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Zurbrigg 1961
CHIMERA
IB - Earlyseason, 18"
Standards near white; falls upper half maroon, lower ivory-chartreuse blended

Sand-olive dwarf X Sib to Step-Up
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Shoop 1979
HM 81
CHINA DRAGON
TB - Midseason, 36"
Ruffled and lightly laced bright deep orange self; red-orange beards

Sdlgs inv. Spanish Gift, Gay Time, Ole, Spanish Affair
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Blyth 1983 
CHINESE TREASURE
TB - Early to Midseason, 36"
Standards white, often pink around midrib; falls strong bluish-rose-pink; beards mandarin red

Lisa Ann X Child of Fortune
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Plough 1976
HM 08 
CIRCUS STRIPES
TB - Historic - Midseason, 30"
Plicata; standards white with violet veined edges; falls white, veining of violet; beards white to yellow

Winner's Circls X 66-73-19 sib
Not Available 2018

Bliss 1917
CLEMATIS
Flat Form Novelty - Midseason, 30"
From Rainbow Gardens catalog 1925: Unique. Shaped like an exceptionally fine Japanese iris or a large six-petaled Clematis. All six segments of the flower reflect horizontally. Color light clear violet with variable veining at the base. Strong grower, free flowering and fragrant.

Cordelia X Princess Beatrice
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Murrel 1930 
COLUMBINE
TB - Historic -  Early Season
White self; falls have narrow, pointed form; beards white, yellow toward throat

Aphrodite X Yellow Noon
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Ghio 1985
HM 87, AM 89
DESIGNER GOWN
TB - Reblooms - Early to  Midseason, 34"
Standards pink orchid; falls light pink, deeper at hafts; beards tangerine

Involved Parentage
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Sass 1956
HM 56, AM 58
DOTTED SWISS
TB - Historic - Early to Midseason
Plicata; very fine older white ground plicata with blue edges

Four generations of blue and white plicata breeding X 5 generations of (Quivera x Wambliska) with yellow plicata
$13

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Unknown
DRADY
Historic Iris, 24"
Black and white with miniature flowers; in circulation prior to 1960

Unknown
$8

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Sass 1939
ELSA SASS
Historic
Light yellow self

Tiffany X Orlaff
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Taylor 1979
EYEBRIGHT
SDB - Midseason, 12"
Bright yellow with brown lines on falls

((Green Spot x sdlg) x (Garnet Lass x sdlg)) X Flame Spot sdlg

$10

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OLD OUT

Plough 1963
FAST TRACK
TB - Midseason, 31"
Standards yellow-tan; falls same with a heavy overlay of red-garnet-brown, yellow border; orange beard

Hindu Wand X  Wenatchee Kid
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Lemon 1859 
FAUSTINE
Historic Iris
Light blue bi-tone
Not Listed
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Unknown
Dates to 1500's
FLORENTINA
Historic Iris
White self

Aphylla x Pallida
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Schreiner 1980
HM 82
GALLANT MOMENT
TB - Early to Midseason, 40"
Standards red with brown influence; falls velvety red, hints of brown; beards golden yellow

Involved Parentage
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Schreiner 1974
Hm 75, AM 77 
  GAY PARASOL
TB - Midseason, 35"
Standards light lavender, near white; falls rose-violet; beards lavender-white

Davis Melodrama sdlg X Margarita
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Ware 1884 
GRACCHUS
Historic Iris -  Midseason, 21"
Arched standards cleanly finished in medium yellow; flared white falls heavily overlaid deep violet veinations
NOTE: Referred to as tall bearded, but really isn't--more like an MTB or IB. Not listed in AIS Registry. Species is actually Iris I. Variegata and is rather short; spathes are typical for I. Variegata

Unknown - Very Old
$8

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Aitken 1983
HM 85, AM 87
Sass Medal 1990
HELLCAT
IB - Reblooms - Mid to Lateseason, 16"
Bi-color; standards pale blue-lavender, darker midrib; falls dark blue-lavender; beards dark blue-lavender

Hocus Pocus X Mystique
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Mohr 1983
HM 87
HOLY NIGHT
TB - Reblooms - Earlyseason, 35"
Ruffled and velvety deep violet purple; beards deep purple

Dusky Dancer X Royal Ballet
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Varner 1972
HM 76
ILLINI REPEATER
TB - Reblooms - Early to Midseason, 34"
Plicata; standards plum-red plicata markings on cream ground; falls cream ground with plum red plicata edge and slight center line of plum red

Full Circle X Memphis Lass
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Zurbrigg 1982
HM 86, AM 90
IMMORTALITY
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 30"
Ruffled pure white; white beard; slight sweet fragrance; known as "The Rebloomer"

I Do X English Cottage
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Babson 1975
HM 77
IMPERSONATOR
Flat Form Novelty - Midseason, 38"
Falls blue-violet, lighter area in center; beards white

Tambourine X Shipshape
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Ayers 1929 
INDIAN CHIEF
Historic Iris - Earlyseason
Description from Cooley's Gardens catalog for 1937: While classed as one of our superior reds, it carries a bronzy overcast, being regarded by some as a red blend. At any rate, Indian Chief is one of the most popular of the newer things, and a credit to Dr. Ayres, its introducer. The velvety falls are deep blood-red, blended with bronze, and the standards are considerably lighter in tone. A large flower, quite tall, and very well branched.

Cardinal X . . .
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Schreiner 1975
HM 76
INFERNO
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 40"
Rich ruby with sheen of plum-wine shadings; beards subdued orange-brown

(Ruby Mine x Gypsy Jewels) X War Lord
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Ensminger 1981
HM 83, AM 87
IRIS BONSACK
BB - Reblooms - Midseason, 25"
Broken-color; white ground, striped imperial violet; beards yellow tipped violet

Faydy Girl X Doodle Strudel
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Williamson 1983
HM 85, AM 97
Dykes 1990
JESSE'S SONG
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 36"
Plicata; standards white center, violet band; falls white plicata edge of violet; beards lemon blue-white

(Charmed Circle x Kiss) X (Smoke Rings x Decolletage)
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Tompkins 1964
HM 65
JET FIRE
TB - Mid to Very Lateseason, 44"
Plicata; standards wine-red, interior white; falls white, edged wine-red; beards bronze

(Starkist x Tropicana) X Rimfire
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Katkamier 1029 or 1930
KALEIDOSCOPE
MTB (originally registered TB) - Historic Iris - Midseason, 21"
Broken-color; standards irregular mix of white and yellow; falls white stripes on purple and red; beards yellow

Bud sport of 'Honorabile' and no two flowers are ever identical even on the same plant. Synonym Joseph's Coat according to the 1939 checklist.
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Schreiner 1957
HM 58
KARACHI
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 35"
Plicata; standards red-purple plicata; falls red-purple with bold splash of white center

Port Wine X Bazaar
Not Available 2018

Mohr 1976
KENTUCKY DERBY
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 35"
Standards ellow; falls same, pale yellow toward center; beards yellow

New Moon X Beaux Arts
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Ensminger 1989
HM 92
KERMIT
IB - Mid to Lateseason, 21"
Chartreuse with blue blaze under beard; chartreuse beard tipped blue

((75-24 x Feathered Friend) x Song of Eden x 75-24) X Limpid Pools
$11

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Schreiner 1980
HM 82, AM 84
LACED COTTON
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 34"
Pure white self; beards lemon to near white

(Crinkled Joy x B 696-AA) X Grand Waltz
$9

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Ghio 1981
HM 83, Am 85
LADY FRIEND
TB - Reblooms - Very Early to Early Season, 38"
Garnet red; beards red

Territory X Countryman
 
$7

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Willott 1973
HM 76
LADY IN RED
SDB - Midseason, 12"
Standards red; falls red with brighter red overlay; beards gold with violet tip

(Eye Shadow x Lemon Spot) X Laced Lemonade
$8

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Richardson 1984
HM 98
LA MER
TB - Early to Midseason, 37"
Standards pale blue-white; falls light blue, fading to pale blue rim; beards blue-white; fragrant

Olympiad X Royal Crusader
$8

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Blodgett 1980
HM 83
LIGHTED WITHIN
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 32"
Standards cream; falls buttercup yellow; beards tangerine-o4ange

221 X 330 
$7

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Niswonger 1984
LITTLE ANNIE
SDB - Midseason, 13"
Standards maroon; falls dark maroon, edged lighter maroon; yellow tipped beard

lady in Red X Unknown 
$15

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Schreiner 1975
HM 76, AM 78
LOOP THE LOOP
TB - Midseason, 40"
Uniform-colored plicata; blue-violet on white ground; lemon yellow to white beard

Stepping Out X Port Royal
$8

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Schreiner 1968
HM 69, AM 74
MARGARITA
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 37"
Standards pure cool white; falls rich blue-violet-purple, velvety; beards white

Involved Parentage
$8

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Butler 1976 
MAUMELLE
TB - Earlyseason, 38"
Violet self; violet beard

Indiglow X Emma Cook
$9

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Sass 1942
HM 43
MOONLIT SEA
TB - Historic Iris - Midseason, 35"
Luminata; standards white, heavily flushed lavender-violet; falls white, very heavily flushed purple on lower edge; Emperor yellow hafts
NOTE: the flower as a whole appears blue

Parentage Lost
$9

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Farr 1913
NAVAHO
IB - Historic Iris - Mid to Lateseason
Medium yellow blend

None Given
Not Available 2018

Schreiner 1983
HM 86
NEEDLEPOINT
TB - Very Early to Early Season, 33"
Standards cream ground, shaded warm rose at edge; falls white ground, stitched warm rose with a hint of copper; dull light gold beard; ruffled

Polka Party X Happy Halo
$10

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Horn 1813
NEGLECTA
TB - Historic Iris - Early to Midsdeason
Light blue bi-tone

None Given
$8

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Schreiner 1981
HM 85
NIGHT EDITION
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 36"
Bi-color; standards light silvery-blue; falls dark inky blue, paler eye-zone; beards lemon-gold

(Blue Mountains x Marvalon) X F416-A
$9

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Nichols 1980
HM 82, AM 84
Sass Medal 1988 
OKLAHOMA BANDIT
IB - Mid to Latesason, 22"
Standards bright tawny gold, claret base; falls same, washed claret, beards orange-bronze

Raspberry Ripples X Cherry Garden
$40

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White 1938 
OYEZ
AB - Historic Iris - Midseason
White, veined red
NOTE: these rhizomes are small; very limited number available in 2018

Polyhymnia X Jubilee
$10

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Shoop 1973
HM 74 
PEACH SPOT
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 36"
Standards white; falls white with large medium peach spot; beards tangerine

Snow Peach X sib
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Gibson 1976
HM 78
PINK CONFETTI
TB - Midseason, 38"
Plicata; cream plicata marked magenta rose-pink; beards white-magenta-orange

Frosty Kiss sib X 3-7A
$11

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Schreiner 1979
HM 82
PINK N MINT
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 36"
Standards light shrimp to salmon pink; falls frost uranium to light lime green; light coral beard

(Bro. Charles x Pink Horizon) X Pink Taffeta 
$8

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1930 Sass 
PINK SATIN
TB - Historic Iris - Midseason, 38"
American Iris Society lists no description; classic violet-pink flowers, very hearty
$11

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Dorado 1965
PINK TIGER
TB - Mid to lateseason, 33"
Standards dusty pink; falls dusty pink veined dark rose; heavy red beards

From Sass involving sdlgs from Step Up, Black Forest
$8

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Plough 1982
HM 84 
PRAY FOR PEACE
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 31"
Fluted and heavily ruffled pure white; beards white

Carrara Marble X Wedding Vow
$8

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Gibson 1980
HM 82, AM 84
QUEEN IN CALICO
TB - Midseason, 34"
Plicata: light orange ground plicata, marked violet; beards orange

(Orange Plush x Anon) X (Orange Plush x 14-9A)
$10

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Plough 1966
RAIN FOREST
TB - Early to Lateseason, 33"
Standards grayed lavender blending to gray-buff on edges and tip; falls gray-buff with tones of willow green centered and blended gray-lavender; hafts blended gray-brown with some veining; beard lavender with each hair tipped mustard yellow

(Nona x Green Quest ) X Jungle Shadows
$9

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Ghio 1988
RANCHO GRANDE
TB - Reblooms - Early to Midseason, 35"
Standards mocha brown; falls honey mocha; beards honey

((Financier x Temple Gold ) x Speculator) X Speculator
Not Available 2018

Smith 1968
HM 70 
REPARTEE
TB - Early to Lateseason, 30"
Bi-color; standards ivory-yellow; falls carmine red and oxblood red with ivory border

Grosvenor X Paradox
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Sass 1953
ROSY VEIL
TB - Historic Iris - Reblooms - Early to Midseason, 36"
White ground, standards lightly marked cobalt violet on lower part; falls white lightly edged cobalt violet, yellow beard

Involved Parentage 
Not Available 2018

Schreiner 1985
HM 88
ROYAL CRUSADER
TB - Reblooms - Early to Midseason, 35"
Standards clear light blue; falls rich deep blue; beards white tinted light blue

((Blue Chiffon sib x Music Maker) x Study in Black) X Pledge Allegiance
$14

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Dunbar 1972
SNOW FIDDLER
MTB - Midseason, 19"
Standards pure white; falls white with deep navy blue lines; white beard

Tom Tit X (I. Variegata x unknown)
$8

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Sass 1944
AM 47
SOLID MAHOGANY
TB - Historic Iris
From Cooley's 1947 catalog: "This grand new red is one of the finest dark irises of recent years. Beautifully formed, the color aptly described by the name. No haft venation and a deep bronze-gold beard accent the richness of the plush like falls."

City of Lincoln x sdlg
$11

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Schreiner 1973
HM 74, AM 76
SPARTAN
TB - Midseason, 35"
Dark red self, clear red haft; beard same

Seedling X Fireball
$8

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Zurbrigg 1977
SPIRIT OF MEMPHIS
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 34-36"
Ruffled and heavily laced brilliant medium yellow self; yellow beard

(Miss Illini x Grand Baroque) X Halloween Party
$10

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Blyth 1985
STRAWBERRY LOVE
IB-Early to Midseason, 20"
Standards vivid rose-pink; falls slightly deeper; saturn red beard

Involved Parentage 
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1612
SWERTI
Historic Iris
Iris Swertii, is an unromantic name for a very old, romantic looking flower. First catalogued in 1612. Swertii is recognized as one of the oldest iris which is still in existence, second only to I. Florentina and I. Pallida, which date from the 1500's.

Unknown Parentage of a Natural Hybrid
Not Available 2018

Schreiner 1954
HM 54
TABU
TB - Midseason, 35"
Deep blackish-violet, velvety luster on falls

Black Forest X Storm King
$12

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Austin 1957
TANGERINE CARNIVAL
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 42"
Plicata; blooms show wide variation; standards light pink; falls light pink, almost completely covered with purple veins

Color Carnival X Clasmont
$8

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Keppel 1981
THEATRE
TB - Early to Midseason, 34"
Standards vervain; falls white ground with purple heather dotted wash; beards white to lemon

Involved Parentage
$12

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Sass 1931
TIFFANY
Historic Iris - Midseason
Plicata; color code-S8D; feathered dark pink blend

Not Stated
$13

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Carstensxon 1963

TROPICAL BUTTERFLY
TB - Reblooms - Midseason, 34"
Plicata; standards maroon; falls buff with wide maroon stripes

By Line X Defiance
$12

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Austin 1962
HM 80
TURKISH TOPAZ
AB - Mid to Lateseason, 18"
Standards blue-white with amber-yellow edge; falls yellow-brown purple striations; beards blue
Note: rhizomes are small

Parentage Unknown
$11

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Hager 1975
HM 76, AM 78
Dykes Medal 1982
VANITY
TB - Reblooms - Early to Lateseason, 38"
Pink self; beards light coral-red

Cherub Choir X Pink Taffeta
$10

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Good and Koenemann 1924
VINGOLF
IB - Historic Iris - Mid to Lateseason, 24"
Standards light creamy yellow; falls deep velvety purple bordered white

Fuerstin Lonyay X Her Majesty
$9

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Williamson 1936
HM 37, AM 38
Dykes Medal 1940

WABASH
TB - Historic Iris
One of the most popular iris of all time; bi-color; clean white standards; bright purple falls

Dorothy Dietz X Cantabile
$9

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Ensminger 1983
HM 85, AM 89
WAMPUM
IB - Mid to Lateseason, 22"
Red with bishop's violet blaze below oxblood red beard

((Eye Shadow x Reath) x 71-3) X (71-32 x Shahrohk Mahrohki)
$10

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Schreiner 1984
HM 86
WAR SAILS
TB - Mid to Lateseason, 42"
Light red, shaded strawberry roan; large rose-brown beard

Unknown Parentage
$8

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Sweet Iris, Varigated Orris Root
ZEBRA SWEET

The Orris Root Iris - 20-24"
AKA Dalmation Iris, Variegated Sweet Iris, Zebra Iris, Iris pallida 'Variegata'
Blue-grey foliage striped white/yellow, grape scent, small blue flower; often used as landscape foliage

Close relative is Argentea which is a pallida with white striped foliage