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■(TB) Natividad'

1932, Mohr-Mitchell

'Natividad' (William Mohr - Sydney B. Mitchell, R. 1930) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-W4. 'Aurifero' x yellow seedling. Salbach 1932.

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From Carl Salbach catalog, 1932: NATIVIDAD (Mohr-Mitchel( 1932). A beautiful warm creamy white of unusual substance and texture. The center is lighted by the clear, soft yellow of the beard and the base of the standards and falls. Entirely distinct from other California whites which are mostly derived from Argentina, while this is derived from Aurifero and a yellow seedling. 36 in. $10.00.
From Carl Salbach catalog, 1938: NATIVIDAD (Mitchell). "Combines purity, gracefulness and brightness in a manner that I have never seen in any other iris." A delightful iris, probably as pleasing and perfect as any medium sized, medium tall iris grown. One of Sydney B. Mitchell's favorites among his many super-fine productions. Often blooms in the fall in California. Standards and falls creamy white, with center lighted clear soft yellow which is concentrated at the base of the standards and falls. Yellow beard. Very long blooming period. Unusual substance and texture. This iris has all the poise and distinction of old ivory. The beauty of the iris Natividad is best told, perhaps, by the enthusiasm of some of our customers. One says: "I consider Natividad one of my outstanding irises – Without question, it has always been one of the most admired of some two hundred and fifty varieties which I have in my garden." Another says: "I don't think I had a much better iris in the garden than Natividad. It is magnificent, and I am surprised that I haven't heard more about how good it is." See color picture, lacing page 24, Early. 30-inch. $1.00; 3 for $2.50.
Natividad threw four bloomstalks for its first season in my garden, blooming for more than three weeks. This lovely cream self with golden haft and beard, is of the most superb form and substance. [Lila McCombs, “A Critical Evaluation of Older Irises”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 59.]

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