(MDB) 'Harlequin By Perry'
, 1903) DB. Early bloom. Color Code-B9D. 'Balkana'
x I. cengialti
. Declared Obsolete in 39 checklist. Synonym: Balceng Harlequin. Reference catalogs: Perry 1903, Barr 1910. Farr 1912, Bonnewitz 1920.
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| Balceng, very handsome hybrids of I. balkana x I. cengialti, the falls in the flowers being artistically flaked. They are intermediate in their period of blooming, filling the gap between the very earliest of the Dwarf bearded Irises and the taller and later flowering bearded Irises.
| Special note from RRP: The the dwarf iris 'Harlequin' curretly in commerce does not quite match the original descriptions but the meanings of some old descriptors were unclear. Bonnewitz's description from 1920 could fit these current plants. See SDB 'Harlequin'
| From Bonnewitz catalog 1920: Balceng, HARLEQUIN. S. a very soft shimmering yellow; flecked lightly with green; F. yellow marked with bronze-purple; 12 in. 25 cts.; $1.50 a doz.
| From Barr & Sons catalog 1906: Harlequin. Standards satiny white, flecked and shot pale sea-green; Falls olive-yellow, flaked bronze. Height 15".
| Barr 1906 catalog
| Farr 1912 catalog "'Balceng, Harlequin'. S. satiny white, flaked and shot pale sea-green; F. orange-yellow, flaked bronze,orange beard. 15 in. 35 cts."
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