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(JI) 'Imperial Velvet'

1953, Marx

'Imperial Velvet' (Walter Marx, R. 1953) JI, 40" (102 cm), Midseason late bloom. Standards red-violet, Falls same but near beet-red. 'Oriole' x 'Karahashi'. Marx 1953.

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From Marx Gardens catalog, 1955: IMPERIAL VELVET (Marx 1953) Each $4.00 Uniform purplish red flower that opens deep velvety red purple and gradually changes to a lighter tone near crimson or beet red. We selected this seedling not only for its rich color, but also for its unusually heavy substance and velvet like texture. The blooms endure the hottest July weather without flagging, a virtue lacking in many varieties. Of flaring form and opulent proportions the fully double 7 inch flowers are produced over a long season. Well branched 40 inch stems each bearing 4 to 5 flowers. Midseason.
From Tempo Two AU catalog, 1974: IMPERIAL VELVET (Marx '53 USA) Double. Mid. One of the largest blooms of all Japanese Iris 8" to 1 O" across. Color is royal plum purple including style arms. Sulphur yellow signal spears. Very effective in mass planting. Recommended $2.00.

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Topic revision: r7 - 04 Dec 2017, Betsy881
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