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(TB) 'Sky Above'

1952, Cook

'Sky Above' (Paul Cook, R. 1952). Seedling# 9547. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Light violet-blue self (wisteria blue, Ridgway). 'Distance' X ((blue self from: ('Sensation' x deep blue) x 'Great Lakes')). Longfield 1952. Honorable Mention 1953.

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From Longfield Iris Farms catalog, 1952: SKY ABOVE (Cook No. 9547). Tall Bearded. A light blue self, both bluer and deeper than Distance. One of the bluest seedlings raised from Distance, and a most satisfying blue Iris. The flowers are of pleasing form and of medium size (4-1/2 X 5). The flaring falls and erect, domed standards are moderately ruffled. The texture is smooth and even, the substance good. Distinction is given to the flower by the white beard and the adjacent paler fall area. The three foot stems are strong and very erect; they are branched from below the middle and carry seven flowers. The plant is very hardy and has shown no rot or stem loss, even in the worst seasons. $15.00.
"Sky Above (P. Cook '52)--Clean, clear, medium light blue of good substance and flaring form. Blooming near Mary Randall and Limelight, the three made a beautiful garden picture." “Region 15, Varietal Comments,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 134 (July 1954): 73.

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