, R. 1954). TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason late bloom. Color Class-B1D, Deep-blue self, beard bluish. 'Zara'
X unregistered Hinkle blue sdlg. 'Bee'. Hinkle 1956. Honorable Mention 1958; Judges' Choice 1959; Award of Merit 1962.
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| From AIS Bulletin #141, April 1956. Introducing MELISSA. (Zara x bee) Large, medium to deep blue self, good substance fertile both ways. Sold out for 1956. $25.00. Hinkle 1956.
| From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1964: MELISSA (Hinkle '56) M-36". A top-notch blue. Flowers large, self colored medium to deep blue, very well formed, exceptionally broad, flaring falls. Excellent branching and flower placement; outstanding. Fertile both ways. HM'58, AM'62. Zara natural set. Regularly $5.00; on $10 order $2.95; on $25 order $1.95.
| "Other Hinkle Introductions", from AIS Bulletin No. 149 (Apr 1958); pg. 20: MELISSA (Zara x Bee) Large medium to dark blue self. The non-fading flowers have domed standards and horizontal falls that are heavily ruffled. Excellent branching and substance, sturdy stalk. 38-inches. Mid-season. $20.00
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