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(TB) 'Mountain Sky'

1941, Milliken

'Mountain Sky' (Carl S. Milliken, R. 1939). TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-B1M. Fragrant. Seedling# 1594 X seedling# 1485. Milliken 1941. Honorable Mention 1941. Synonym: Mountain Skies.

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From Milliken Iris Gardens catalog, 1945: MOUNTAIN SKY (Milliken) This is certainly one of the bluest. A uniform soft blue with a suffusion of yellow in the center of the flower that adds a warm glow. Both standards and falls wavy. A competent English collector wrote us: "I like this better than any iris I have ever seen. I think most people would. I would term the flowers exquisite and your catalogue description of it is most modest. Apart from its beauty, two of its outstanding points are long lasting qualities, either against bad weather or when used as a cut flower, and its fine perfume. The plant you sent me sent up three spikes of blooms, is increasing well, and proved absolutely hardy during one of our worst winters." $1.50, 3 for $3.75.
Blue Spire, Milliken's new light iris which attracted so much attention a year ago, did not bloom, but Mountain Sky, which Trekkers will remember among Mr. Milliken's seedlings as the very blue iris with flaring falls, made a fine showing. In color-tone it is comparable to Sierra Blue, but is much better for garden effect because of its freedom of bloom. [Lena M. Lothrop, “Poor Season in Southern California”, A.I.S. Bulletin 78 (Jul. 1940): 14.]

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