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From Cayeux et LeClerc’s catalog for 1927: “A beautiful coloured pallida vigorous and free-flowering. Enormous flowers of fine shape and colour, a bright self purplish pink of a stronger tone than any variety of sim(i)lar colour known up to now. Height 4 ft.”

From Robert Wayman’s catalog for 1940: “EARLY. A bright pink-toned variety that has always been as popular among the pinks as Sensation is among the blues. Very fine flowers produced in prodigious quantities and one of the best deep pink Irises introduced to date.”

Tentative ID. From Laetitia, NJ: “I think I found an ID for one of the Presby iris that has been bugging me for years. Something rescued from Presby; even Phil did not know the name of it, but I also found an old planting book from 1970’s and I *believe* based on its position in the bed, and the fact it is the only one that would match the description of the unknown from that particular bed…..that this iris has to be FASCINATION! It’s described as an ‘early pink toned variety; fine flowers produced in vigorous quantities. Bright purplish pink self…picture shows reticulations on yellowish background at haft’. (Those reticulations on yellowish background is a great description of the iris pictured).

Provenance: Photo in LMunro’s garden, Newfoundland NJ, circa 2005; Iris from Presby Iris Gardens, long term resident of Presby.

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Fascination

Cayeux, 1927

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1920-1929
Fall Color: Mauve/Rose
Standard Color: Mauve/Rose
Pattern: Self
Beard Color: Orange/Deep Yellow
Hybridizer: Cayeux F
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