, R. 1939). TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class-R4L. Fairmount 1940. Honorable Mention 1940; Award of Merit 1942.
1949 Checklist citation: Bull. A.I.S. 78:4 July 1940.
| MELITZA (Nesmith 1940) M. This salmony flesh self is unique and a decided break in color harmony. The standards are delicate ivory pink, highly domed and firm. The falls have the same exquisite coloring with a slightly deeper flush around the beard. The beard is intense pinkish tangerine, so vivid that the whole flower seems infused with this brilliant unusual color. The flowers are medium in size of very firm substance lasting for three days or more and are nicely placed on well branched stalks. H. M., A. I. S. 1940. Per. R. 88 1941. 40 in. $8.00. Mrs. Thomas Nesmith, Fairmount Gardens Catalog, A Selected List of Tall Bearded Iris. Summer 1942-Spring 1943.
| MELITZA (Nesmlth, 1940) Each 50c; 3 for $1.25. Pale ivory-flesh, particularly effective in dull weather. Much of the unusual color effect of this Iris is derived from the fiery tangerine-orange beard. No Iris that we have ever grown has increased so rapidly and it in at its best on a two-year clump. Height 36 to 40 inches. Shown in color on page 29. HM AIS, 1940; AM, 1942. Cooley's Iris catalog 1952, p. 32.
| White flushed tangerine. The conspicuous beard is tangerine red. An unusual iris that is very attractive. Increases more rapidly than any iris I have ever seen and never fails to produce good bloom. Douglas, Geddes (1942). More Variety Comments, 1942. American Iris Society Bulletin, 88 (January 1943), 63.
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