( Paul Cook
, R. 1957). Seedling 7854. TB, height 38" (97 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-B3D, Standards violet-ultramarine, Falls Roslyn blue; beard medium blue, tipped yellow. 'Dark Boatman'
X seedling 11752: (( 'Distance'
x blue seedling) x 'Pierre Menard'
). Longfield 1958. Honorable Mention 1958; Judges' Choice 1959; Award of Merit 1960; American Dykes Medal 1964
| From Longfield Iris Farm catalog, 1958: ALLEGIANCE (Cook No. 7854) (Dark Boatman x blue # 11752 (blue seedling x Pierre Menard)). H.C., 1957. One of the finest Iris Mr. Cook has ever introduced. A beautiful ruffled very blue, navy blue Iris. The falls have an overlay of velvet; the standards are silky and lustrous. The beards are medium blue tipped Lemon Chrome. The flowers are large 6 x 5-1/2 wide petalled, of excellent form, with heavy substance. The color is even and solid, deep into the throat. This has attracted much attention where ever it has been seen. Late. 40 inches. $25.00.
| ALLEGIANCE (P. Cook '58) This is still the bluest of the ultra-dark blue irises. In our opinion it is fully deserving of all its honors. The standard of comparison for dark blues. [Ralph and Helen Lewis, “Iris from the Carolinas to Iowa and Ohio,” Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 179 (October 1965): 87.]
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