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Re: ID Hist

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: ID Hist
  • From: storey@aristotle.net (J. Michael, Celia or Ben Storey)
  • Date: Mon, 22 Sep 1997 11:23:25 -0600 (MDT)

Merrily, these are thumbnails drawn from the cryptic R&I descrips for the
irises you mention. Good luck!
I say "cited" in AIS Bulletin because I couldn't figure out from the older
checklists whether the plants appear as citations or photos or drawings or
what. Perhaps someone with the old bulletins can enlighten us.

If we can trust the fragrance listings in the checklists, if your plant
blooms in midseason and doesn't have a fragrance to speak of, it *might* be
NEW SNOW. But there's really no way to know unless you can do a tissue DNA
analysis (who can??) or unless you plant a rhizome known to be NS beside
your plant and compare the two blooms.

NEW SNOW - no fragrance is listed in the '49 checklist. A tall bearded,
midseason white self introduced by hybridizer O.W. Fay of Wilmette, Ill.,
in '46. Parents SNOW FLURRY X KATHERINE FAY. Won Highly Commended,
Honorable Mention and Award of Merit. Cited in the AIS Bulletin No. 110 on
page 4 (July '48)

CRYSTAL BEAUTY - flowers late in tall bearded season, later than the other
two. Fragrant. A tall bearded white self hybridized by Jacob Sass of Omaha,
Neb., one of the famous Sass brothers. CB won HM in '36; it is cited in the
AIS Bulletin No. 63 on page 63 (Oct. 36).

WHITE GODDESS - a fragrant, tall bearded, midseason white self hybridized
by Elizabeth Noble Nesmith in '36 who crossed GLORIOLE X SITKA. She was an
amateur gardener and past regional president of AIS in Lowell, MA, when she
started listing plants for sale in '29. WG won an Honorable Mention in '36
and is cited in AIS Bulletin No. 63 on page 64 (Oct '36).

Little Rock

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