■(LA) 'Frances Elizabeth'
, R. 1957). LA, 24" (61 cm), Late bloom. Color Class-VRO1, Purplish-bronze self, dark mulberry-purple spine in standard; clear gold signal. Unknown. Melrose 1961. Honorable Mention 1962; DeBaillon Award 1965
| From AIS Bulletin #161, April 1961. Introducing FRANCES ELIZABETH (Sam Rix). A Louisiana Iris bred in New Zealand. Most exciting form we have seen in this class. Huge flowers in rose carmine. Moderately tall, vigorous. Net $15.00. Melrose.
| From Melrose Gardens catalog, 1965: FRANCES ELIZABETH (Sam Rix) HM '61 & runner up for the MSD Award '63 & 64. Magnificence in rich carmine rose, the petals a bit lighter in tone than the sepals. Both are wide and spreading, ruffled and of good substance. Vigorous plant growth. 5.00.
| From AIS Bulletin #333, April 2004: FRANCES ELIZABETH - We are very pleased to re-introduce FRANCES ELIZABETH, winner of the Mary Swords DeBaillon award as the top Louisiana iris of 1965. This iris had been lost to commerce in the U.S. but has been returned through the efforts of a member of the Society of Louisiana Irises from New Zealand, home of hybridizer Sam Rix. We will donate 50% of the sales proceeds to the Society. Iris City Gardens.
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