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(TB) 'Monona'

1942, Whiting

'Monona' ( Mrs. C. Whiting, R. 1939) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-S1D. 'Creole Belle' x 'Matula'. Fragrant. Maple Valley 1942.

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From Maple Valley Gardens catalog, 1942: MONONA (Whiting 1942) E. M. 35 in. This has become a great favorite in our garden, a warm heliotrope blend that is a must. Pleasing and unusual in color. Ridgway does not give heliotrope; its closest color sample is cotinga purpli which is not very descriptive. The one called heliotrope In Dictionary of Color is very near to the basic color of Monona although the flower does not have a solid color but shades softly into red purple and blue purple tones combining the richness of its parents. Creole Belle and Malula. The firmly domed standards are of nearly solid color, the wide falls are a shade darker and redder with a touch of copper brown at the haft and the edges of the petals. The substance of the flowers is strong, the color non-fading, each bloom lasting several days. The branching is good; the plants are sturdy with free bloom and moderate increase. $15.00.
Monona—a rose and blue-purple blend was attractive but some will object to the poor branching. (Personally, I have decided we stress branching too much. For garden gladdening it's hard to beat a clump with the flowers all blooming in a mass on top like Geddes Douglas' 'Carousel' and several of Mrs. Whiting's. She, also, likes the top massing of color. It all depends on where and how you use an iris.) [Reynolds, Mrs. Leo F., Tennessee (1949). Coming Events Cast Their Shadows, American Iris Society Bulletin 116(January 1950), 30.

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