(AB) 'Early Mass'
OB (Clarence G. White
, R. 1934). AB, TMB, tall, Midseason bloom. Blue self, light. 'Purissima'
X I. susiana
. Milliken, 1937.
Also listed in TB web: 'Early Mass'
| From Milliken catalog, 1940: EARLY MASS (C. G. White). A tall light blue iris that has lost nothing of grace and charm by attaining height and size. It stands fifty inches tall with flowers in proportion on perfectly spaced branches. A leading iris authority in her 1935 notes wrote as follows: "I cannot imagine any color lovelier than this, it is so smooth and pure. The standards are slightly bluer in tone than the falls. The soft, broad, tapering beard is tipped with warm yellow." In 1936 her notes say: "Must note again the grace and dainty poise of this beautiful flower- also its exceptional blue tone- one stem is 54 inches tall. "From Tennessee comes the remark: "The clearest tone of blue I have seen in an iris; fine in all respects." $1.50
| From The Court Of Iris catalog, 1955: EARLY MASS (White '37) E-M 36'' (Purissima X Susiana). A light blue self which like others of this same breeding show little if any Onco traits. However we have learned that some of this group will set to Onco-bred pollen and pass to the progeny very definite Aril looks. $.50
| From Supplement To The Comprehensive Checklist of Aril and Arilbred Iris by Sharon McAllister, April 2000: EARLY MASS AB (Clarence G. White, R. 1934). Sdlg # NIA. TMB, tall, mid-season. Purissima X I. susiana. AIS Color Class: B7L (light blue self with red undertones). Vallette: "large light lavender-blue; Tall type." Milliken, 1937. Notes: Classified by the '76 committee as an OB in the quantum system, but counted by Randolph & Mitra as a 48-chromosome TB; source of description in '76 CL unknown. Ref: AIS '39, p. 204; ASI '76, p.31; ASI '78 YB, p. 64; Vallette, p. 176.
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