( Ben Hager
, R. 1963) Seedling #S40A-OR. SPU, 38" (97 cm). Midseason bloom. Standards orange-yellow; falls orange-yellow deepening to medium orange in center. 'Wadi Zem Zem'
X Lenz seedling. Melrose 1964. Honorable Mention 1965; Judges Choice 1966; Nies Award 1967
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| ELIXIR (Hager '64). A light orange-yellow self in the tradition of 'PREMIER' (Good flower placement), this highly regarded variety has taken best spuria in three of four recent San Diego shows. It also took Queen Honors at the Wichita Convention's spuria specialty show. Could it be that judges are trying to say something about the quality of more recent introductions? I hope so! Some of the sensational new colors and forms are getting so bunched near the top that the total impression one receives is of having seen a blob of color. What if hybridizers continue to ignore spacing? Will judges, who after all want to be up-to-date, begin ignoring spacing also? What a loss! [Chesnik, Ray (1971). I’d Sooner State for Spurias(Reprinted from Sooner State Iris News, Sept. 1971), American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 31.]
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