■(LA) 'Pristine Beauty'
( Frank Chowning
, R. 1955) LA 16" (41 cm), Late bloom. Ultramarine with royal-blue shadings, gold signal. Hybrid seedling of I. foliosa hexagona
x I.foliosa-Abbeville Red
hybrid. Patin 1960. Honorable Mention 1964.
| From AIS Bulletin #166, July 1962. Introducing PRISTINE BEAUTY. For years Frank Chowning of Little Rock has worked to produce hardy hybrids of the Louisiana iris by crossing the Louisiana large-flowered species with hardy foliosas, fulvas and hexagona (variety Cathedral Blue) collected from states farther north where they have proven to be winter hardy to zero or colder. Pristine Beauty has been widely tested and has performed well wherever grown. Here is the Southern Native Hybrid that Northern and Eastern gardeners have been waiting for. FLOWER DESCRIPTION: Ultramarine Blue five-inch flower with brilliant gold signal patch, dark green narrow foliage with 16-inch stalk bearing three open flowers at a time. Exceptionally vigorous and of rapid increase and especially desirable for cut flowers and flower arrangements. A grower in Oxford, England, who has grown it for three years reports: "Pristine Beauty is growing here with the utmost vigor...and flowers very freely... We particularly like its beautiful color. We have up to 10° or 12° F. of frost commonly in winter." And a famous hybridizer and grower of Louisiana Iris writes: "Pristine Beauty is the most exquisite blue ever." PARENTAGE: (Arkansas Foliosa x Cathedral Blue Hexagona) X (Foliosa x Abbeville Red). Although registered in 1955, introduction has been withheld until a large stock permits the low introductory price of $5.00 per rhizome, three for $10.00. Special prices quoted on request for larger orders. August delivery in North and West, September delivery in South and Southwest. University Hills Nursery & Charjoy Gardens.
| From University Hills Nursery catalog, 1962: PRISTINE BEAUTY (Chowning, Reg. 1955)- Iris foliosa hybrid of ultramarine blue with royal blue shading and a large, striking gold signal patch. The 5" flowers are flat in form. Plant vigorous with dark green foliage and high resistance to rust. From 6 to 8 flower buds on 16" scapes with 3 flowers open at one time. Parentage includes Iris foliosa, 'Cathedral Blue' and Abbeville Red Fulva. Especially adapted to cold climates in regions north of the Lower Gulf Coast. The following comments are from a grower in Oxford, England: "Your Pristine Beauty certainly is growing here with the utmost vigor and...also flowers very freely indeed. We particularly like its beautiful color. There is nothing in the tall bearded or any other section with this clarity of color. Louisianas seem to be rather trickly here. The only one which I can honestly say is doing well is Pristine Beauty which now has eight spikes. We have 10 to 12 degrees F. of frost commonly in winter." $5.00.
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