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(TB) 'Modoc'

1929, Essig

'Modoc' (Edward Essig, R. 1929). TB, Midseason bloom, Color Class-B9D. 'Alcazar' X 'Souv. De Mme Gaudichau'.

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From Southern California Iris Garden catalog, 1929: MODOC (Essig, 1929) (Alcazar x Souv. de Mme, Gaudichau). A truly remarkable iris, not exceeded in color and substance by the Dominion Race. The flowers are normal in size, 5-1/2 x 5-1/2 inches, and strike one as being almost black in color. The standards are cotinga purple, while the falls are darker than Ridgway's blackish purple, but of the same color tone, and decidedly a warm velvety texture. In shape the falls resemble those of Ambassadeur, but the color is much darker. The haft is faintly lined at the extreme base and the heavy beard is primuline yellow. This iris first bloomed too late in 1928 for exhibition purposes and there was no place where it could be exhibited this season, which accounts for the lack of public recognition. However, there was no lack of praises from all who saw it in the garden. It never escaped the eye of a single individual. Its magic charm is akin to that of Grace Sturtevant, although it is quite a different thing. The color, velvety texture, and inherent strength and vigor make it most desirable. $25.00.
From Milliken Gardens catalog, 1940: MODOC (Essig) This remarkable iris has a velvety depth of color that is unsurpassed. It gives the effect of being almost black, although in reality it is a very deep rich purple mixed with shades of dark brown. Very large flowers and a striking iris. 2-1/2 feet. 2Sc 3 for 5Oc.
Modoc: A rich black purple with large blossoms, bunched at top of stalk, color exciting. [Belsley, Ray J., Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939), 18.]

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