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(TB) 'Mrs. Edward Harding'

1925, Perry

'Mrs. Edward Harding' (Amos Perry, 1925) TB. Late midseason bloom. Color Class-S4M.

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From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: MRS. EDWARD HARDING (Perry 1925). A very beautiful Pallida variety with large, well-formed flowers of great substance freely produced on strong stems over 54 inches high. S. violet-purple; F. darker violet-purple, overlaid black; beard bronze-yellow. $20.00 each.
From Quality Gardens catalog 1931: MRS. EDWARD HARDING (Perry 1925) M. 42". A very beautiful dark Pallida. We grow morefond of this every year we grow it. The flowers are large, well shaped and of fine substance, and withstand wind and rain very well. S. violet purple, F. velvety dark purple, overlaid black, bronze yellow beard. An exceptionally fine variety and we strongly recommend it to our customers. $2.25.
 
Note: 1921, Vilmorin introduced an iris 'Mrs. Edward Harding', in honor of Mrs. Harding who created a 500 fr price for irises (1). Then Mrs Harding wanted this name changed for 'Mrs. Walter Brewster' (2); listed as Mrs. Edward Hardley in 1939 checklist.
Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 4e série, Tome XXI: (1) p. 175; (2) p. 275.

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