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■(TB) 'China Maid'

1936, Milliken

'China Maid' (Carl S. Milliken, 1936) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class S9M. (Millik. 1936); Millik. 1936; R., 1936; Strong fragrance. ('Mauna Loa' X 'Dauntless'). Honorable Mention 1938; Award of Merit 1939. Citations: A.I.S. Bulletin 71:37(Oct. 1938).

Additional nursery listings: Milliken 1937; Schreiner 1941; Cooley 1952;

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From Milliken Iris Gardens catalog, 1937: CHINA MAID (Milliken) It is always difficult to paint a satisfactory word picture of a beautiful iris, but when it comes to describing China Maid, the task becomes nearly impossible. Words simply fail to convey an adequate impression of the beauty this flower possesses with its intriguing blend of pink, golden bronze and soft lilac-- and color is only one of the beauties of this splendid iris. The large, well-proportioned flowers of sturdy substance and smooth even texture are carried on tall graceful stems and make a picture in the garden that brings forth unbounded praise. Try China Maid with some of the light blues, such as Shining Waters or Pale Moonlight. You will be thrilled with the beauty of this combination. $15.00.
Schreiner's Catalog 1941: Morocco Rose, Angelus and China Maid we consider the outstanding set of newer, finer pinks. 'China Maid' is a large mallow pink self broad in all its parts. This subtly colored flower is an intriguing medley of pink, golden-bronze and soft lilac. During certain weather conditions its substance is not equal to the others and in northern sections it is probably tender.
'China Maid' (Milliken, 1936) Each 75c; 3 for $2.00. Gigantic pink blend, with copper and gold tones smoothly blended into a harmonious whole. The effect is a luscious pink. A rampant grower, producing stalks that reach 4 feet, with a myriad of delightfully formed big flowers. HM AIS, 1938; AM 1939. [Cooley's Iris catalog 1952, p.10]
Wayman, 1943: China Maid—40 in. Best of pink tones. Gorgeous. $1.00.
I was disappointed when I first saw 'China Maid'. The catalogs had me primed for the ultimate in irises and I felt terribly let down at its lack of substance and its tendency to fade out quickly in the sunshine. I have since moved it to a cooler location, in companionship with Shining Waters; during its second season it sent up four tall bloomstalks. But the immense blossoms still mushroom in our sunshine and wind. [Lila McCombs, Calif., "A Critical Evaluation of Older Iris", A.I.S. Bulletin 110 (July 1948):54.
The first thing I saw [in the E. A. Emory Garden] that literally took my breath away was—you could never guess. The flowers were huge, radiantly pink, beautifully grown. Yes, it was China Maid, but so lovely I exclaimed, "What is that beautiful thing?" That iris is like a chameleon. Sometimes it looks ratty, sometimes beautiful. [Reynolds, Mrs. Leo F., Tennessee (1949). Coming Events Cast Their Shadows, American Iris Society Bulletin 116(January 1950), 28.]

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-- JanLauritzen - 2010-10-23
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