■(TB) 'Olympic Torch'
, R. 1956) Seedling# L-331-D. TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason bloom. Light golden-bronze self. 'Inca Chief'
x Seedling# H-92-A: (Schreiner seedling# 49-46 x 'Watchfire'
). Schreiner 1958. Honorable Mention 1958; Judges' Choice 1959; Award of Merit 1960.
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| OLYMPIC TORCH is light golden bronze, glowing with iridescent little fires. Ruffled, broad-petaled flowers, with cupped standards and flaring falls, are carried on tall, well-balanced stalks. The good height and branching are no happy accident, but are the result of methodical planning that stretches back over the years. This iris comes from Schreiner's H 92-A X INCA CHIEF. H 92-A is (( PRAIRIE SUNSET X AUBANEL) X BRYCE CANYON) X WATCHFIRE. WATCHFIRE, introduced by Jean Stevens in 1948, was characterized by its splendid height and better than usual branching, qualities which have been passed on to its famous grandchild. To the neophite, the progress which can be measured by the introduction of an iris like OLYMPIC TORCH may not be so obvious; perhaps, only those who have grown (and loved, in their time) NYLON, LAMPLIGHT, CASA MORENA, SUNSET BLAZE, etc., etc., can appreciate the tremendous forward step its creation represents. [Mrs. J. R. Hamblen, “Drama of Progress”, A.I.S. Bulletin 161(April 1961): 11.]
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