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■(TB) 'December Royalty'

1951, Austin

'December Royalty' (Lloyd Austin, R. 1951). TB, 34" (86 cm). Early midseason and rebloom. Color Class V3, Brilliant purple and darker purple bitone. Parentage not known. Rainbow 1951.

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From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1964: DECEMBER ROYALTY (Austin '51) E-34". Starts its second bloom in early or late Nov. & often keeps blooming till Christmas, so you can have a huge Iris bouquet beside Christmas tree. Large bold flower in brilliant royal purple, darkening to intense wine-black. Noteworthy for poise, substance, finish & for smooth satiny hafts unmarred by veinings. Sometimes 15 to 20 flowers: hence, ideal to cut in bud stage before frosts get too severe, for unbelievable winter bouquets. Unexcelled as a parent, transmitting its admirable traits to offspring. In cold regions needs protection, such as cold frame, to secure Dec. blooms. Regularly $1.50; on $10 order $1.35; on $25 order $1.20.

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-- BetsyHiggins - 2010-11-18
  • The picture does not do it justice! The brilliant purple color can mean dark red violet or other? Please post more images. Tony Kay -- WikiGuest - 19 Apr 2018
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Topic revision: r8 - 10 Mar 2019, Betsy881
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