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From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1937: “Dependable anywhere despite the fact it was originated in California and is of tender blood, it is perfectly at home in Ohio, Minnesota, and New England, as well as in the moist climate of the Pacific Northwest. The color is a lively shade of violet-pink, standards slightly lighter than the falls. Its huge size and great height make it a leader in any color class.”

From Carl Salbach Iris 1929: “Frieda Mohr (Mohr) 1926. After naming the William Mohr in honor of its originator, Mr. Mitchell selected from all the other Mohr seedlings the Frieda Mohr as most worthy to carry the name of the originator’s wife. The beauty of form and color is shown in the cut. The flowers measure 6;/z inches from the top of the standards to the tip of the falls and 6 inches horizontally. The plants average 50 inches in height with the clean straight foliage in proportion, making it equally satisfactory as a specimen plant or for massing. It is very elegant in doors, day or night, with any colored hangings and has a most exquisite locust like perfume. Blooming time from midseason till very late. The flower substance is heavy, the branching rather high but well spaced, the growth vigorous and the increase very rapid. The luminosity of the flowers makes this variety especially desirable for landscape planting with a background of dark shrubs . . . . . . . . . . . .$10.00; 3 for $25.00”.

From Quality Gardens, 1930: “That this seedling has been given the name of the late Mrs. William Mohr, should be sufficient indication of the very high esteem in which it is held. It is the result of a very unusual series of crosses and stands out as a tremendous advance in size, shape, substance of flower, brilliance of color and vigor of growth. It is a pink bicolor, with light pinkish lilac standards and deep lilac rose falls. This is one of the outstanding introductions of recent years, and will be one of the very finest iris for many years to come. We strongly recommend this to all of our customers.”

From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1937: “Dependable anywhere despite the fact it was originated in California and is of tender blood, it is perfectly at home in Ohio, Minnesota, and New England, as well as in the moist climate of the Pacific Northwest. The color is a lively shade of violet-pink, standards slightly lighter than the falls. Its huge size and great height make it a leader in any color class.”

From Oakhurst Gardens catalog for 1939: “One of the best late blooming iris. Strikingly beautiful when massed. Flowers are perfect form and substance combined with pleasing luminous color. Attractive both in the garden and on the exhibition stand. The general color effect is deep lavender-pink. 48 in.”

From Robert Wayman’s catalog 1940: “Early fragrant. A deep pink iris of gigantic and perfect form, the huge flowers being 7” across. It is a constant prize winner wherever it is exhibited and has undoubtedly won more first prizes than any other iris. It has been the most popular pink iris in my collection for several seasons. Nothing has appeared that is equal to it in its class; in fact there is no other iris like it. Besides huge flowers, perfect form, exquisite color, and aristocratic bearing, it also has a delicious Locust Fragrance, being one of the most fragrant of all iris. Besides all this it has a very long flowering season, flowering with the earliest and continuing to flower with the latest of this group. Sold a few years ago for 25.00 it is now within the reach of all flower lovers.

((Bosniamac x mesopotamica) X Gaviota).

Comment: “An iris growing at Presby. It is easy to see why this iris was so popular. It has a long bloom season, is large and very showy.” – Laetitia, NJ

Provenance: Image 1 from Presby Iris Gardens 2005, from the collection of Cameron Hall.

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Frieda Mohr

Mohr-Mitchell, 1926

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1920-1929
Fall Color: Mauve/Rose
Standard Color: Mauve/Rose
Pattern: Bitone
Beard Color: Lemon/Light Yellow
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