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Olympic Torch

R. Schreiner, R. 1956 / I. 1958

TB 38″ M

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1958: “Appropriately named for the ancient Hellenic symbol which still burns in the stadium during the revived Olympic games, this dazzling novelty carries the so-called yellow blends to new heights of vividness undreamed of a few years ago. Garden visitors are simply bowled over by the exuberance of its beauty and the brilliance of its coloring. A glowing light golden-bronze of massive size, skyrocket height, and ideal branching, it possesses lavishly beautiful form with crisply cupped standards and broadly flaring falls that are delightfully ruffled. A stylish Iris with loads of personality, Olympic Torch is a true self and as such is especially valuable as a garden Iris. Even a cloudy day fails to dull its brilliance. Substance is unusually heavy and texture is as glossy as the petals of a Pansy. We are especially proud to offer this virtually fault-free Iris and are confident that it will become the pride and joy of many a discriminating gardener.”

From Melrose Gardens catalog for 1967: “A light brown iris that deserves its place in the Hall of Fame and your garden too.”

From Melrose Gardens catalog for 1978: “Twenty years old and it still can’t be beat in the brassy brown color class! It is still a modern iris!”

(Inca Chief X H-92-A: (sdlg x Watchfire)), HM 1958, AM 1960.

 

Iris Class:Bearded
Bearded Class:Tall Bearded
Age:1950-1959
Fall Color:Gold/Tan
Standard Color:Gold/Tan
Pattern:Self
Beard Color:Gold/Tan
Hybridizer:Schreiner
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