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TB 38″ M Y4

From the Fairmont Gardens catalog for 1956: “Really good variegatas are scarce, and Gay Head is one of the largest and most smoothly finished of any in this group. The full closed standards are clear medium yellow firmly held and ruffled. The broad and rounded falls are deep velvety maroon-red with a border of yellow extending clear up to the center of the bloom. The flaring falls are remarkably free of haft veinations, and the deep yellow beard gives an added brilliance. Few iris have the richness and garden value of this heavy substanced, well branched variety.”

From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1960: “A true variegata with genuine personality. The standards are clear bright yellow and nicely ruffled; the falls deep maroon with a solid border of clean yellow extending right up to the center of the flower. There are no haft marks. HM AIS, 1954. Bred by Harold Knowlton, recent President of the American Iris Society.”

(Mary Vernon X Wabash), HM 1954.

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Gay Head

Knowlton, R. 1952 / I. 1954

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1950-1959
Fall Color: Red/Maroon
Standard Color: Yellow
Pattern: Variegata
Beard Color: Orange/Deep Yellow
Hybridizer: Knowlton
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