TB 40″ M W8
First American Iris Society W. R. Dykes Memorial Medal Winner 1927.
From Quality Gardens catalog for 1929: “Tall stems, branching low and wide like a candalabra, carry the large white flowers, of which both standards and falls are distinctly edged lavender. In size, shape and substance, there is nothing to approach it among the older plicatas, only the color pattern tells us it should be classed with them.
From National Iris Garden catalog for 1936: “The most perfectly branched Iris; fine, large, white blossoms, beautifully edged lavender-blue. This is the BEST plicata. We should list it among the giant flowered type.”
From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1937: “A four-foot white with penciled edge of lavender blue. Has been awarded the Dykes Medal of the American Iris Society, and still stands at the head of all plicatas, unsurpassed in size and grandeur. Plentiful stock now allows us to offer it at a most attractive price.”
From Salbach’s Iris Gardens catalog for 1938: “Tall stems, branching low and wide like a candelabrum, carry large white flowers of which both standards and falls are distinctly edged lavender. In size, shape and substance, there is nothing to approach it among the older plicatas, only the color pattern tells us it should be classed with them. Awarded the Dykes Memorial Medal as best introduction of 1927. Similar to Los Angeles, but with wider blue edging. Slightly tender in regions of severe winters, so we suggest the beautiful Los Angeles which is hardy instead. Grows perfectly on the Pacific Coast and elsewhere where the winters are mild.”
From Robert Wayman’s catalog for 1940: “One of the largest and finest Iris of the ‘Plicata’ type, marking a new era in this group. White with a feather-stitch edging of lavender blue.”
Tell’s 1951 catalog states this is a “Sister to Los Angeles.”
((Conquistador x Parisiana) X Esplendido), Dykes Medal 1927.
Note: San Francisco continues to win awards at iris shows in the 21st century, having taken Best in Show several times in the past few years.
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