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TB 35″ M B1L

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1943: “Winner of the Dykes Medal 1942, this is about our finest pure light blue. Of splendid mien with a pronounced flare, with a stiff, crispy petal texture it is strikingly fine. It is a pure blue practically devoid of veining. Fine stems of good height, well branched. One of the grandest iris imaginable and so superior to a multitude of other blues it sets the standard in its class. There are several fine light blues each with some degree of tenderness but GREAT LAKES, a Canadian origination, is rugged and hardy. We give it our unqualified recommendation.”

From National Iris Gardens catalog for 1948: “M. 48″. From the lake shores of Canada came this pure clear blue iris with its flaring stiff crispy petal texture and beard of almost white.”

From The Longfield Iris Farm catalog for 1950: “A commanding blue without veining; beard almost white. A crisp flower of excellent form, strong stem, 40 inches tall. Really fine.”

(Dominion x . . . ) X (Conquistador x . . . ), HM 1938, AM 1940, Dykes Medal 1942.

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Cousins, R&I 1938

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1930-1939
Fall Color: Medium Blue
Standard Color: Medium Blue
Pattern: Self
Beard Color: Lemon/Light Yellow
Hybridizer: Cousins L
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