■(TB) 'Red Lion'
, R. 1985). Seedling# T3942DR. TB, 37" (94 cm), Early Midseason bloom. Standards lightly ruffled deep red with a touch of crimson; falls dark ruby, tracery of pattern under yellow tipped-bronze beard. Seedling# T2767Rd: (involving 'Tall Chief'
, T. Craig seedling# x seedling involving 'Melodrama'
, 'Jungle Fires'
, 'Bright Gem'
) X seedling# T3458RdBr: (involving 'Brass Accents'
, 'Golden Bonanza'
, 'Sun Worshiper'
). Melrose Gardens 1986.
| "We viewed the very last bloom of RED LION (Hager '86) and could see the potential as an advancement in the class, notably with its strong, well-branched stalks and decent vigor. It will be interesting to see the intensity of the red in the Midwest, as our soils tend to have a richer mineral content, producing much more vibrant reds than on the West Coast." [Perry Dyer (Oklahoma), “Melrose Gardens” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 263, (October 1986): 20.
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