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(TB) 'Mata Hari'

1937, Nicholls

'Mata Hari' (Col. Jesse Nicholls, R. 1936). TB, Very late bloom. Color Class B1D. Grape fragrance. 'Valor X (('Souv. De Mme Gaudichau' x 'Alcazar') x 'Morning Splendor'). Nicholls 1937.

Note: Not to be confused with the JI 'Mata Hari'

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From Carl Salbach catalog 1937: MATA HARI (Nicholls 1937.) We break our rule and list this variety without having seen it bloom, but we are nevertheless pleased at being able to help introduce this variety-for we have it from reliable sources that this is the best of the new Nicholls introductions. Knowing the many fine iris that Col. Nicholls has created, we feel certain that such commendation definitely places Mata Hari as one of the very best. Described as blue-black with just the faintest red touch to the blue. Inconspicuous brown veinings almost cover the haft, with beard of dull gold. Well branched, with flaring falls. 40-inch. Late. $15.00.
MATA HARI deserves to be far better known, as it is a wonderfully good dark blue. Junius P. Fishburn, "Survey of 1940 Iris Season", A.I.S. Bulletin 78 (July 1940): 52.
'Mata Hari' also listed for sale in the following catalogs: Schreiner 1944,
Mata Hari: (Nichols). Smooth flower of snappy blue, large and well formed somewhat bunched near top of stalk. A good iris, however. Belsley, Ray J. (1939), Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 074(July), 15.

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