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(TB) 'Sierra Snow'

1938, Kleinsorge

'Sierra Snow' (Rudolph Kleinsorge, 1938) TB, 40"+, Late midseason bloom. Color Class-WW. White self. ('Purissima' x 'Rameses') x 'Far West'

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From Carl Salbach catalog 1939: SIERRA SNOW (Kleinsorge 1938). (Purissima x Rameses) X Far West. Although there are many new whites, we feel that Sierra Snow is definitely "The" all-climate white. Although only one-quarter Purissima, it carries the beauty of that variety into a white iris that, at last, is hardy. In addition, it blooms later in the season than does Purissima, therefore does not compete with it, even in California. We realized that Sierra Snow was an outstanding iris, but the more we saw of it, the more we liked it - but our catalog was already on the press before we realized the full value of Sierra Snow - too late to give it the $25.00 introductory price it really deserved. In addition to its fine form and habit, Sierra Snow has a beautiful translucent quality that sets it apart from all other whites, and which is the particular quality that causes one to like Sierra Snow better with time. It is tall, candelabrum branched, and is as smooth as Purissima, and in almost the same shade of white, just a shade warmer and clearer, and with just as fine a finish - plus its unusual translucence. Its behavior in its creator's Oregon garden shows its hardiness, and it has none of the lush or early growth of Purissima. This, coupled with the fact that Kalinga, half Purissima, has proven hardy, and two other half-Purissima seedlings of Dr.Kleinsorge have thrived when tried in South Dakota, practically certifies that it will be as hardy as its ancestor, Rameses. Sierra Snow is only one-quarter Purissima. Stock limited. Mid-season to late. 45-inch. $15.00.

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