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Re: TB:Hist: Dauntless?

Lynn and Dave,
DAUNTLESS, INDIAN CHIEF, AND OLA KALA are in bloom in my garden right now (though with the temperatures warming up really fast they will not be so for much longer).
DAUNTLESS and INDIAN CHIEF are similar to each other, but are easily distinguished when compared side by side. The falls on both are a near match for each other, but the standards of IC are much paler, almost an ashy old rose compared to the slightly grayed vinous red-purple of D's standards. The beards of both are orangy-yellow, but that of IC are more intense than those of D. D's beards could be described as deep yellow by some, but you cannot avoid mentioning orange when trying to characterize the appearance of IC's beards.
As for OLA KALA, the measurements of fully expanded blooms is as follows: Standards are 2" wide and 2.75" long; Falls are 1.75" wide and 3" long; the whole flower is 5" long from top of standards to bottom of falls and 4" wide between the tips of adjacent falls. I do not think you could describe OLA KALA as having a particularly "long" flower for a historic iris. 

Jeff Walters
in northern Utah
(USDA Zone 4)

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