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From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1958: “In the opinion of many Iris fanciers, the magnificent blues are the crowning glory of Irisdom. Here is one you will love. Appropriately named for the city of Salem – the word is said to mean “heavenly peace” – it is an inexpressibly serene, limpid medium-light blue of impeccably perfect form and the limitless poise which bespeaks generations of top breeding; very much a self, even to the invisible beard and venation free haft. Just as a sense of humor may enhance a human personality without changing its basic character, so a gay, lilting ruffling adds charm and sparkle to this classically perfect Iris without disturbing its serenity. SALEM is so very blue that the last traces of violet vanish at twilight and the smooth, enameled sheen of the broad flaring falls turns to soft turquoise patina. The quiet beauty of the celestial blue Iris leaves a sensitive flower lover transfixed.”

(Harbor Blue X (Blue Rhythm x Sylvia Murray)), HM 1958.

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Iris Class: Bearded
Bearded Class: Tall Bearded
Age: 1950-1959
Fall Color: Light Blue
Standard Color: Light Blue
Pattern: Self
Beard Color: White
Hybridizer: Schreiner
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