■(TB) 'Rio Vista'
( Bob Brown
, R. 1976). Seedling# 71-38. TB, 36" (91 cm). Early bloom and rebloom. Standards light violet-blue, slightly darker wash on midrib; falls light violet blue, darker veining; violet-blue beard; lightly ruffled. 'Claremont Classic'
X Gaulter seedling# 6285: ( 'Blue Silhouette'
x 'Whole Cloth'
). Cottage Gardens 1977.
| From AIS Bulletin #225 Spring 1977 Introducing RIO VISTA (Bob Brown, 1977). TB, E & Re., 36". Larry Gaulter has called this an "Ever-Bloomer." It blooms before the season, during the season and after the season. A light violet blue with darker veining on the falls and a self beard. With four branches, six to seven lightly ruffled blooms, this would be a good iris even if it did not rebloom. Sdlg. # 7138. (Claremont Classic X Gaulter Sdlg. # 62-85: (Blue Silhouette X Whole Cloth). $25.00. Cottage Gardens.
| The soft lavender blue RIO VISTA is another four star. So many branches and open flowers always come into consideration when judges are narrowing the field for Queen of Show. Three stalks resulted in twenty-one blooms open at one time. Blooms last quite well, and the spacing is among the best I have ever seen. [Margaret Dean, (NM), “How They Grow, New Mexico Style”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 246 (July 1982): 14.]
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