(Arthur John Bliss
, ) TB. 36", Midseason/Late bloom. Color Code-S9D. ('Trosuperba'
). Bliss 1919. Fragrant. Award of Merit (R.H.S.) 1927; First Class Certificate (R.H.S.) 1930. Synonym: Cardinal Handon
Nursery Listings: Wallace 1919; Glen Road (Sturtevant) 1924; Bonnewitz 1924; Treholme (Sheets) 1928; Wassenberg 1938; G. Bunyard & Co. 1938; Skylands Farm (Peckham) 1938; Rowancroft (M. E. Blacklock) 1939; Katkamier 1939.
Additional nurseries not listed: Bonnewitz 1926; Indian Spring Farms 1927; Tip Top 1936
| From Bonnewitz catalog, 1926: CARDINAL (Bliss) — Dominion Seedling $25.00. S. distinctive shade of lavender, overlaid with rose, carried erect and arching nicely at the top; F. large of rich prune purple, carrying the distinctive Dominion shape and texture. This variety has given us the very best Iris bloom we have ever seen in our own garden, and it has withstood the late May freezes of the past two seasons better than any other Dominion seedling.
| From the Indian Spring Farms catalog for 1927: CARDINAL - "Dominion Seedling. One of the richest flowers of the Dominion race that carries the perfect form and velvety texture of its parent to greater height on low and widely-branched stems. S. a distinct shade of lavender, overlaid with rose, erect and arching inward at the top; F. rich raisin-purple, very broad and rounded, and of wonderful glossy texture. A rich, bright Iris that gives a beautiful color effect with transmitted light."
| Peckham, E. (Ed.). (1940). Alphabetical iris check list: 1939, (p. 149). The American Iris Society.
| Gardening illustrated v.52(1930), p. 651(4 Oct. 1930).
| Journal of the Royal Horticultural Society, Vol 53: Pt. 1, 116-160. Jan. 1928, Trials.
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