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■(TB) 'Lalitha Mallette'

1964, Edinger

'Lalitha Mallette' (Philip Edinger, R. 1964). Seedling# 34-59A. TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason bloom. Color Class-W2V, Standards white, marked blue violet; Falls stark white, edged blue-violet. 'Aldura', X 'New Hope'. Tell 1964.

LALITHA MALLETTE (Phil Edinger '64) ML 38 in. (Aldura x New Hope) We may reproduce a picture of this gorgeous white plicata with its violet blue markings on both standards and falls which are precise and delicate and there are no markings or lines in the center of the falls which give it a very clean appearance. It is flared, ruffled and wide of parts, the standards are conic. Usually has three-way branching, but will, under ideal conditions of growth, grow to 50 inches in height and have 4 branches and up to 22 buds. In California where it was bred it will bloom several times during the year, but has not done so in Utah, yet grows perfectly healthy. Received an Exhibition Certificate in 1962. #34-59 A. $25.00. (Tell's, 1964, p.4).).

Santa Monica, California has given us a young man seriously engaged in iris hybridizing as an avocation and we have been testing several of his seedlings. The one we offer this year by this young Phil Edinger has been named for his grandmother, LALITHA MALLETTE, and it is certainly as fine a blue and white plicata as we have seen and with this superb pedigree is sure to be an excellent parent. If this and Latest Love are crossed surely any number of beautiful plicatas will result and many of these will be prone to bloom off-season in the mild climates, for both bloom many times during the year in their home state. We expect Phil to become one of our leading established hybridizers now that his military service and education are about to be completed. (Tell's, 1964, p. 2)

See below:


Tell’s Iris Gardens. (1964). Nursery catalog. The American Iris Society Iris Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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