1917, Bliss related links........... Flat Flowers
(Arthur J. Bliss
, R. 1917) TB. 30" Midseason bloom. Color Class-B3M. 'Cordelia'
x 'Princess Beatrice'
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| From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: CLEMATIS (Bliss 1917) 7.8. A unique flower that is aptly named. All six segments reflex horizontally likc a Japanese Iris, or a six-petaled clematis. Light lavender-violet, both standards and falls veined darker at the haft. Strong growing, free flowering and fragrant. 30 inches. 50 cts. each; $1.25 for 3; $4.00 per doz
| From Rainbow Gardens catalog for 1925: "Unique. Shaped like an exceptionally fine Japanese iris or a large six-petaled Clematis. All six segments of the flower reflects horizontally. Color light clear violet with variable veining at the base. Strong grower, free flowering and fragrant."
| From Mike Unser: Notes: After observing this iris for the past several years I have noticed a few habits it has: It tends to put up stalks over a long bloom season, with the blooms that open early in cool weather rarely showing any tendency to being flat and appearing as normal iris flowers, while those opening late in warmer temps do tend to exhibit the flat form it is famous for. In between times they tend to sloppiness as the some petals go one way and the rest others. I would call it a 'broken color' as well. Grows like a weed. - Mike Unser, WA a flat Novelty Iris
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