, R. 1963). Seedling# P-733-C. TB, 34" (86 cm), Early midseason bloom. Deep marine blue self, blue tipped beard. (('Pierre Menard'
x 'Blue Ensign'
) x (F188 x 'Quicksilver'
)) X 'Arabi Pasha'
. Schreiner 1963. Honorable Mention 1963
| From Schreiner’s catalog, 1963: CATALINA (Schreiner 1963) E. 34". $25.00. For years the iris which has been considered closest to cornflower blue has been Arabi Pasha, the Dykes Medal winner in England in 1953, with Blue Ensign, a previous Dykes Medal winner perhaps second. Both of these extra blue iris figure in the parentage of Catalina (along with Pierre Menard and two of our own seedlings). In Catalina we have the privilege of offering you an iris that is not only bluer than its British forebears but much larger and taller. Catalina is a magnificent marine blue iris of unrivalled richness (very accurately depicted by our color plate), with falls four inches across, heavy substance, superb enameled finish, excellent branching, high bud count, and good height. We consider this an epochal introduction. Lots of hard work in the hybridizing realm is back of this unique advancement in iris quality. If you want to treat yourself to a BIG THRILL, get Catalina! No. P733·C.
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