■(TB) 'Sierra Blue'
, 1930) TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class-B1M. 'Souv. De Mme Gaudichau'
X 'Santa Barbara'
. Millikin 1932. Honorable Mention 1933; American Dykes Medal 1935
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| From Milliken Gardens catalog, 1932: SIERRA BLUE (Essig, 1932). An exceptionally smooth, refined flower of very clear soft blue tone and good substance. The neat, flaring falls and trim standards have an immediate appeal to all who admire well-bred and really beautiful self-colored flowers. The stems are slender, well-branched and carry the flowers gracefully three or four feet above the ground. Both in the originator's gardens at Berkeley, and in the trial and show gardens of the introducer at Pasadena, this variety has received unstinted praise. $5.00
| Sierra Blue: (Essig). While a wonderful blue, stalks not strong enough. [Belsley, Ray J. (1939). Varietal Comments, American Iris Society Bulletin 74(July 1939), 19.]
| Sierra Blue is so tall it usually needs staking our windy valley. The tiptilted blossoms are borne profusely over a long period. Of flaring form and enameled finish, this unveined self is the diffused blue of our own not too distant Sierras. [Lila McCombs, “A Critical Evaluation of Older Irises”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 59.]
| In medium blues, I would certainly want SIERRA BLUE (9). Its one fault is that it grows so tall it needs staking unless it is very well protected from wind, but even so I would still want it. I hesitated between it and MISSOURI, but finally decided that this last not grown and bloomed quite so well for me. [Wills, Jesse, (1943). Older Iris I would Buy Again, American Iris Society Bulletin, 89(April 1943), 13.]
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