(JI) 'Geisha Parasol'
, R. 1964) Seedling M1631. JI (double), 40" (102 cm), Midseason to late blooom. Mottled, striped to solid of rose, fuchsia, blue and mauve, silver edging on all petals. From two seedlings. Melrose 1968. Honorable Mention 1969, Judges Choice 1969.
| From Melrose Gardens catalog, 1968: GEISHA PARASOL (Fred Maddocks '68) JAPANESE IRIS Double. 36" Parentage unknown. Colors in a rainbow spray co-mingle over the surface of these big, fully double flowers. The wide petals arch downward, completely overlapping, forming a gay and sparkling parasol decorated with ruffles around the edges and a bow in the center. The colors, lavender and sapphire blue, are stippled and veined over a pale orchid ground, giving the effect of a blending of, yet, individually distinct shades. Paradoxical, yes, but words really do not convey the delicacy and otherness of this coloration. Prominent deep yellow spears add contrast beneath the pale violet style arms. $20.00
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