■(AB) 'William Mohr'
OB (Willliam Mohr
, 1925). AB, TMB, Midseason bloom. Color Class-S7M. Pink to red-toned blend, self, medium. 'Parisiana'
X I. gatesii
. Synonym: William Mohr-Lilac. S. B. Mitchell, 1925.
Also listed in TB web: 'William Mohr'
| From Salbach catalog, 1925: Introductory Offer of the wonderful hybrid iris William Mohr (Illustrated in full page plate at the beginning of Bulletin 9 of the American Iris Society). Description: Ground color pale lilac, standards flushed darker, the whole flower beautifully veined manganese violet. Substance and shape of the very best, a very large flower; actual measurements showing standards 3-1/4 by 2-3/4 inches, and falls 3 by 2 inches. Stems strong and rigid, 20 to 24 inches, usually four flowers on each. While the stock is very limited, at the urgent request of many iris enthusiasts who have seen it, we are offering a few good blooming size rhizomes of this seedling, which we believe to be the finest real hybrid ever raised. It was obtained by the late William Mohr from a cross of the pogon iris Parisiana with pollen from the very large rare and beautiful oncocylus Gatesii and as he thought it his finest achievement it has been named in his memory. From its seed parent it has derived such vigor that under ordinary garden culture it grows well and flowers regularly in California, and has been uniformly healthy. Throughout the Pacific coast and in other warm sections it should do well with only the care taken to give good drainage and withhold summer watering. It has passed successfully through two winters in an Eastern garden where it was sent for testing, and it has flowered there. It is therefore well worthy of trial under cold conditions, but light soil and good drainage should be provided. While stock is still so scarce we recommend that those having green houses or cold frames give this variety such protection; as an experiment, we grew a plant of this during two years in a 12-inch pot, and it flowered beautifully. The exceptionally fine keeping qualities make it invaluable as a cut flower. Stock Limited. Good blooming size rhizomes. One only to a customer, $50.00.
| From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: WILLIAM MOHR (Mohr 1925). This is probably one of the most remarkable Irises ever raised. It was obtained by the late Wm. Mohr from a cross of the Pogoniris Parisiana with pollen from the rare and beautiful Oncocyclus Gatesii. As Mr. Mohr considered it his finest achievement, it has been named in his memory. The ground color is pale.lilac, standards flushed darker, and the whole flower beautifully veined manganese-violet. It is very large with broad, rounded segments of fine form and great substance. Stems strong and rigid. 20 to 24 inches. This interesting variety gives promise of being one of the finest additions to our Iris list. It has all the weird charm of I. Susiana, the Mourning Iris, with sufficient vigor to withstand the cold winters of the North. $25.00 each
| From Cooley's Wholesale price list, 1932: WM. MOHR. This strange and beautiful hybrid is named for one of the world's most famous hybridizers, and is considered as his greatest piece of work. The entire bloom is a self-color of pale lilac, closely netted and veined with deep violet, producing a weird, yet very lovely effect. In some ways it resembles the variety I. susiana, but lacks the dullness of this older sort, and is not at all difficult to grow. A monster flower, produced on stems up to 30 inches tall. At the iris show in St. Paul, Minn., last June it was a center of attraction. Each $1.00; three for $2.55; ten, $7.50.
| From The Court Of Iris catalog, 1955: WILLIAM MOHR (Mohr-Mitchell '25) E 18" (Parisiana X gatesi). Certainly this is one of the most famous Iris in the world and doubtless it appears in the genealogy of more named varieties than any other single origination. In spite of the narrow unattractive foliage it produces lilac flowers which are really huge. Conspicuous veins of violet further enhance this Oncolike bloom. $.50. A.M.
| From Supplement To The Comprehensive Checklist of Aril and Arilbred Iris by Sharon McAllister, April 2000: WILLIAM MOHR AB (William Mohr, R. 1925). Seedling # NIA. TMB, tall, midseason. Parisiana X I gatesii. AIS Color Class: S7M (medium red-toned squalens). '76 CL: Pink to red-toned blend, self, medium. Court of lris: "Huge lilac flowers have veins of deeper violet." Vallette:"huge manganese violet, veined darker." Syn: William Mohr-Lilac. S.B. Mitchell, 1925. Notes: Counted as a 22-chromosome diploid, an OB in both systems; introduced before the registration system was established, name noted as approved in '39 CL. Ref: AIS '39, p. 568;ASI '76, p. 90; ASI '78 YB, p. 64; Vallette, p. 193.
| Galyon, F. (1952). “Dark horses” of irisdom. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 126, 19.
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