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Purissima

Mohr-Mitchell, 1927

TB 50″ M WW

From Indian Spring Farms catalog for 1931: “This is one of the finest white Irises in commerce. Large, robust, vigorous.”

From Carl Salbach Iris Catalog 1929: “It is going to be very hard to improve on this Argentina X Conquistador seedling for a pure white of great size, fine form and heavy substance, this last a most important factor in white irises. These qualities, with its vigor and its tall branched stems account for the rating of 96 given it by a jury of A. 1. S. members, all seedling raisers themselves, who judged it in the garden early last season. This is the variety referred to by Mr. Jacob Sass in A. 1. S. Bulletin 21, page 36, which says he doesn’t expect to see it surpassed.. . . . . . . . . . $18.00.”

From Quality Gardens catalog for 1931: “A pure white iris of great size and splendid form. A fine iris for moderate climates, but we have wintered it successfully for two years by covering it with a box open at one end. It is worth the slight effort required.”

From National Iris Gardens catalog for 1936: “The finest pure white Iris. Roots are tender and it is not recommended for the more northern states (for which Easter Morn and Los Angeles are more suitable), but grows well on the Pacific Coast and south of the Mason & Dixon line. A normally flowered stalk is a never-to-be-forgotten sight. Perfectly branched with finely shaped flowers.”

From Carl Salbach’s catalog for 1936: “This splendid flower still sets a mark of perfection and purity unequaled by any other iris. A pure white of great poise, fine form and heavy substance. With the sun shining through it, this has the appearance of frosted glass. Ideal branching. Early. 50-inch.”

From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1937: “If you live in the Pacific Northwest, in California or in the South, by all means add this glorious white to your collection! Nothing that grows can compare with it when flowered under congenial conditions. Growers in colder and wetter sections of the country can also succeed with it, but it must have winter protection except in warm climates. A normally flowered stalk of Purissima is a never-to-be-forgotten sight.”

From Oakhurst Gardens catalog for 1939: “A pure white of great poise, fine form and heavy substance which has set a standard of perfection in its color class. If I were to grow only one white iris this would be my choice. 48 n.”

(Argentina X Conquistador).

Iris Class:Bearded
Bearded Class:Tall Bearded
Age:1920-1929
Fall Color:White
Standard Color:White
Pattern:Self
Beard Color:Lemon/Light Yellow
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