■ (TB) 'Germaine Perthuis'
(Millet et Fils
, 1924) 36" (91 cm)., Midseason bloom. Color Class B7D. Standards iridescent violet purple, highlighted lighter; Falls velvety deep bishop's violet; fiery orange beard; strong root beer fragrance. 'Souv. De Mme Gaudichau'
| Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1922, Tome XXIII, p. 217; note: listed as introduced in 1922.
Revue Horticole, 1924, nouvelle série, Tome XIX, p. 144.
| From Bonnewitz catalog, 1926: GERMAINE PERTHUIS (Millet) $12.50. When I visited M. Millet in his garden just outside the gates of Paris, he told me that he considered this new variety the finest Iris he has ever grown, finer even than Souv. de Madame Gaudichau. He had just buried his wife, and he told me that he had named this, his finest Iris, in her honor, giving it her maiden name. “Enormous flowers carried on firm three foot stems. S. of a pleasing shade of violet-purple lighted with a lighter tone. F. deep rich Bishop’s violet. The whole flower is of a splendid velvety appearance.” — Millet’s description.
| Millet et Fils, irises and new peonies 1930-1931, p. 14.
| From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: GERMAINE PERTHUIS (Millet 1924). A descendant of Mme.Gaudichau that has inherited all the good qualities of its parent--exceptional vigor, good habits, and great freedom of bloom. S. a pleasing shade of violet-purple, lighted with a lighter tone; F. deep, rich Bishop's violet, lighted by a prominent yellow beard. The whole flower is of unequaled velvety appearance and is deliciously scented. 36 inches. This variety was considered the outstanding new variety to bloom in America last season, and it is in great demand. $15.00 each
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