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(TB) 'Bronze Armor'

1957, Wills

'Bronze Armor' (Jesse Wills, R. 1955). Seedling# 93-52. TB, 32" (81 cm), Midseason late bloom. Color Class-YO1, Self, tobacco-brown faintly flushed rose self (between Spanish orange x Mars orange, Wilson Chart). 'Centurion' x 'Argus Pheasant'. Wills 1957, Fairmount 1957.

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From AIS Bulletin #145, April 1957. Co-introducing BRONZE ARMOR-a self of golden tobacco brown (between Spanish Oranqge and Mars Orange, by Wilson Color Chart). Standards slightly flushed rose. Beard deeper gold. Wide, round form. Excellent substance. 34 inches. Midseason to late. Centurian X Argus Pheasant. $20.00. Jesse Wills.
From Fairmount Gardens catalog, 1958: BRONZE ARMOR (Wills 1957) M. L. The name is most descriptive of this strong sturdy iris for the color gives the effect of golden bronze and has very firm substance. A smoothly blended flower of golden tobacco brown that is between Spanish Orange (0110/1) and Mars Orange (0113/1). The closely domed standards are slightly deeper because they are faintly flushed with rose, and the wide semi-flaring falls have a lighter tone around the deep gold beard. The large flowers are a darker brown than the parents, but are not dull in color for they have a metallic sheen that adds lifeand luster to the whole bloom. Firmly substanced with nine flowers on sturdy well branched stalks. Centurian x Argus Pheasant. 34 in. $15.00.

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