(Mrs. William Crawford
, 1914) IB. Early bloom. Color Class-W1. Blue-toned white self. Sport of the white I. florentina
Has petals with a crinkly, crêpe-paper-like texture, representing an unusual class of Novelty Iris
. A blue sport called 'Blue Zua' or 'Elizabeth Huntington'
shares the same texture. Note that the cultivar 'Zua' could in theory sport back to the non-creped form of Iris florentina. This may account for the two cultivars being confused in commerce.
| From Wing Seed catalog, 1919: ZUA — New. Standards and falls delicate lavender, crumpled and ruffled like fine crepe. Flowers large and fragrant. Very unique. Stocks very limited. Eighteen inches. $2.00.
| From Bonnewitz catalog, 1927: ZUA (Crawford). A light colored Iris whose standards and falls are more like silk crepe than any other variety we know. The standards are white with a delicate lilac tint and the falls have a slightly deeper lilac tint with olive-cream markings at the base. Large size bloom for the 18 inch bloom stalk which carries it. $0.75.
| From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1963: ZUA VE-14". Original crepe-paper Iris, petals more crinkled & creped than in any other. An early-blooming Intermediate Iris that takes everyone's fancy. A most unusual & interesting frosty-white, flushed pale blue. Sport of Florentina. Regularly 85c; on $10 order 6c5; on $25 order 55c.
| Galyon, F. (1952). “Dark horses” of irisdom. Bulletin of the American Iris Society, 126, 19-20.
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