(Mrs. C. Whiting
, R. 1940) IB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-WW. Locust fragrance. 'Purissima'
x 'Blue Waves'
. Whiting(Maple Valley) 1942. Honorable Mention 1943; Award of Merit 1947.
Note: Some sources now consider this BB. See BB 'Priscilla'
Citations: A.I.S. Bulletin 90:4(July 1943); A.I.S. Bulletin 106:125(July 1947).
| From Maple Valley Gardens catalog, 1947: PRISCILLA (Whiting 1942) M. 30-34in. A very pure white iris that wins friends everywhere. Of modest size and height, it owes its popularity to its purity and its pleasingly rounded form. Cool, clean of all markings of color in haft or beard, it is known as the really pure white iris. Mistakenly classed as an intermediate, it often grows to 36 inches in height. Always well branched, it has a long season of bloom extending over three weeks. The strong, hardy plants increase twice as fast as the average variety. H. M. 1943, Per. R. 87.1944. $2.00.
| PRISCILLA (Whiting) was attracting a great deal of attention and is the whitest white of any iris I have seen. It is a medium-sized flower on a 24-inch stalk, and I consider it a fine addition to the white class. [McKee, William (1943). Noteworthy New Iris in New England, American Iris Society Bulletin, 90(July 1943), 12.]
| "Priscilla (Whiting '42) is still a most outstanding white. Its purity of color, a clean pure white with no markings whatever, its white beard and beautiful flaring form give it a distinction not surpassed by any white iris. Priscilla was tall in the Long's gardens as it grows in mine and as I have seen it many times. I can see no reason whatever for classifying it as an intermediate, at least from the standpoint of height." [David R. Kinnish, O. S. B., (Kansas), “In Kansas, Missouri and Illinois,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 107, “Iris Ramblings” (October 1947): 43.]
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