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■(TB) 'Ochracea Cærulea'

1919, Denis

'Ochracea Cærulea' (Fernand Denis, 1919) TB. Midseason to late bloom. Color Class S4L. 'Darius' X unknown. Denis, Millet & Fils 1919. Mixed with 'Sunset'.

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From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: OCHRACEA (Denis 1919) 7.9. This striking flower is handicapped by a superfluity of names. It received an Award of Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society, when shown in 1922, under the name Ochracea Caerulea. Later it was cataloged under the name Sunset, and now it is recognized by the American Iris Society as Ochracea. Withall, it is a flower of wonderful coloring. S. yellowish-buff, or real old-gold, finely arched and of great substance; F. coppery-yellow, heavily suffused blue-violet in the center of the segments and prettily reticulated and dotted brown at the haft, with a prominent, deep yellow beard. A fascinating mixture of real pastel shades, yet so bright as to fairly glow in the sunlight. Fine strong grower, exceedingly free £lowering, sweetly scented and very late. 30 inches. $2.00 each.
From Bonnewitz catalog, 1926: SUNSET (Denis) — Ochracea Coerulea $2.00. S. dull lavender bordered yellow; F. same color as standards. Yellow and tan reticulations at base of falls. Yellow beard. Late. This variety was originated by Denis and named Ochracea Coerulea, but it attained its greatest popularity in England, where in 1922 it received an “Award of Merit”, and by some means the name was changed to Sunset. Its color is the nearest approach to gold of any Iris I know, and the quality of its petals is superior to that of a great many varieties. Although it will eventually be lower in price I do not hesitate to advise its purchase now.
Millet et Fils catalog 1930, p. 17.
From Mrs. Silas B. Waters, Impressions of Irises Seen Abroad in June 1924, A.I.S. Bulletin 14 (Jan. 1925)p. 62: "Ochracea Caerulea is indeed a beautiful iris and quite distinct in its coloring and well nigh indescribable. It received a special award of merit in 1922. Undoubtedly the latter part of its name was chosen because of the exquisite undertone of blue which gives to its varying shades of gold its translucent beauty. It has so much of charm not alone in color but in form and substance, delicately beautiful yet not fragile looking. It will make a fascinating picture in the garden as well as meet any competitor on exhibition. In this color class I know of only two irises which might surpass it--Mme Durrand and Mme Chobaut."


Chracea; Ochracaerulea; Ochracea; Ochasia Cornelia; Ochracea Sunset; Sunset; Ochrocea cœrula.

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