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From the Wanganui catalog for 1965-66: “Another ‘different’ amoena from Mrs. Stevens’ raising – this time a striking red and white. The firmly closed standards of this iris are snowy white except down towards the hafts, where they are faintly flushed lemon chartreuse. The falls are rounded and the glowing plum-red colour is rich and even. The branching is excellent and the whole plant is a vigorous grower and an exceptionally fast increaser. Very early flowering, it is one of the first to open, but remains in flower over a long season.”

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1958: “For years hybridizers have dreamed of producing a red and white amoena but with scant hope of success since nature produces amoenas only in the violet and white form. However, Mrs. Stevens of New Zealand, whose magic touch produced the first yellow and white amoenas, has now startled the Iris world with the first red and white amoena. Finest Hour possesses snow white standards faintly flushed lemon-chartreuse at the base of the midribs, together with plum-red falls of sharply flaring form. A nicely branched Iris that will be very distingué in the garden clump and which will, of course, be of unique interest to hybridizers.”

((Naranja x Redmayne) x (Lagos x (Gudrun x (Lady Morvyth x Rangitira)))) x (Russet Mantle x Three Sisters), HM 1961.

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Finest Hour

J. Stevens, R. 1955 / I. 1958

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1950-1959
Fall Color: Red/Maroon
Standard Color: White
Pattern: Amoena
Beard Color: Lemon/Light Yellow
Hybridizer: Stevens J
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