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■(TB) 'Brown Betty'

1934, White

'Brown Betty' (Clarence G. White, R. 1933) TB. Early midseason bloom. Color Class S6D. 'Mauna Loa' x "onco". Honorable Mention 1936. Southern California Iris Gardens 1934.

Also listed in AB web: 'Brown Betty'.

Additional nursery listings: Milliken, 1940; Wayman 1943.

See below:



Brown Betty: (White). A dirty brownish buff color, the general tone its only virtue. [Belsley, Ray J., Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939), 16.]
From Milliken catalog, 1940: BROWN BETTY (C. G. White) Whether it be a pudding or an iris it seems to be popular. One has cinnamon flavor, the other cinnamon color- cinnamon brown and more browns, copper tones and hushed lavenders. One shade predominates here and another there, and yet all is smoothly blended so that there are no harsh contrasts, no sharp demarcations of color. The standards are perfect in form from first to last, the falls at first are softly drooping, then widely flaring, like giant butterflies pausing on the tall, widely branched slender stems. It is a delightful iris. 3-1/2 feet. See illustration, page 9. 60c; 3 for $1.50.
From Wayman catalog, 1943: Brown Betty—43 in. An amazingly beautiful brown tone. See illustration, Page 8. 0.50c.
From A Critical Evaluation of Older Iris, A.I.S. Bulletin 110:55/July 1948: Brown Betty has oncocyclus blood which accounts for its very early bloom and the prominent veining on the upper half of the falls. Of perfect finish, it is satin-sleek and smooth with lavender shadings in the dove gray standards, and falls of cinnamon brown. It is tall, well-branched and fine for cutting, but the garden effect is rather dull.

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