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(TB) 'Orenda'

1962, Wills

'Orenda' (Jesse Wills, R. 1957). Seedling# 181-54. TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason to late blooom. Color Class-R1M, Standards soft rose-red; falls soft rose-red, faintly suffused brown; brown-gold beard. 'Right Royal' x ('Garden Flame' x (('Hermitage' x 'Hernani') x 'Ethelyn Kleitz')). Fairmount 1962.

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From Fairmount Gardens catalog, 1962: ORENDA (Wills 1962) ML. This iris with its pleasing color harmony has attracted a great deal of attention in my garden as well as in Nashville. The flowers are rose-red with many buds and are carried on wiry, but strong stalks with excellent branching and long season of bloom. The standards are medium light rose-red well domed and firmly held. The falls are semi-flaring of deeper rose-red suffused with brown and has a very smooth haft about the brown-gold beard. It is a vigorous grower and as it increases rapidly we have decided to introduce it at a nominal price. It comes from Right Royal x a Red Seedling from a long line of breeding. Garden Flame and Ethelyn Kleitz are both in its ancestry. Pollen fertile and sets seeds.38". $10.00
ORENDA is also a good grower and increaser, and is tall and well branched on rather wiry stems. It has a smooth flower of an unusual shade of deep brown rose-red. It is a little straight hanging with only a little flare, but the form this year was pleasing and I was glad I had introduced it. Jesse E. Wills, “Notes on the 1962 Iris Season,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 166 (July 1962): 23.

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