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From Schreiner’s Catalog 1941 (its intro year) : We predict a wave of popularity and appreciation for this iris which will place it in the vary fore of the new pink iris once it has blossomed in the various parts of the country. Having a splendid stem nearing 40″ it carries 5 blooms open at a time and displays them in most arresting silhouettes. In color it has less blue and orchid than most pinks. The originator mentions that it has the deep pink hues observed in the falls of Rameses, and various other pinks of commerce we have here a really significant new creation.”

From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1945: “This splendid new light pink comes to us as the finest introduction of H.M. Hillson, of Lafontaine, Kansas. Color is orchid-pink, close to true pink, and there are as many as five open flowers at once on the 40-inch stalks. Sold out last season.”

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1947: “Many of the newer pinks are blended. Not so Melanie. It is a lovely shimmering orchid-pink with tall stems, ideally branched, good form, fine size and wonderful substance. A commendable iris.”

From Marble Iris Gardens catalog for 1962: “A splendid light orchid pink, is very close to a true pink, has nicely ruffled flowers and fine tall stalks with good branching, This is a fine iris to plant in clumps as it has excellent garden value.”

Provenance: Images 1,2,5 from Garden of L Munro; discovered growing as a NOID at Pallis Bar and Grille, identified by Phil Edinger, 2001.

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Melanie

Hillson, 1941

Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1940-1949
Fall Color: Mauve/Rose
Standard Color: Mauve/Rose
Pattern: Bitone
Beard Color: Orange/Deep Yellow
Hybridizer: Hillson
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