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■(TB) 'Light Fantastic'

1968, Brown

'Light Fantastic' (Opal Brown, R. 1968). Seedling 4-13B1. TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason bloom. Standards ivory, pale blue influence in heart; ruffled; Falls ivory, green tints; extremely fluted; beard light yellow, pale blue tip. 'Winter Olympics' X seedling M-58-1 (( 'Melissa' x ('Poet's Dream' x 'Beth Corey')). Brown's Sunnyhill Gardens 1968. High Commendation 1967; Honorable Mention 1969; Judges Choice 1969.

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LIGHT FANTASTIC (O. Brown '68) has been a favorite of mine since its debut. Even though its plant habits are weak in some areas, there is not another iris around to outdo its lovely ruffles. It's a "happy" flower; and after watching the unusual buds for several days before opening, you are happy too when at last a bouquet of ruffles explodes before your eyes. From green shaded buds come blooms of soft white that really glisten in the sunlight. [James McWhirter, “Reflections and Anticipations,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, Vol. 57, No. 221 (April 1976): 8.]
LIGHT FANTASTIC, is more ruffled than any other iris I know. Its exciting buds open without difficulty, although one wonders how it was managed when he sees the open flower. [Mullin, Ron (1971). Irises I Like, American Iris Society Bulletin 204(January 1972), 9.]

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