(Dr. P. A. Loomis
) TB. Late midseason bloom. Color Class-R4L. Honorable Mention 1945, AIS Bulletin 98:4 August 1945.
NOTE: Schreiner catalog, 1944 lists introduction date of 1944 and seedling #TQ70.
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| From Schreiners Iris catalog, 1944: Spindrift (Loomis 1944) ML. 36". Here is an iris which is one of the most remarkable color breaks in iris development. It is a translucent, delicate sea shell or coral pink in color... truly exceptional. Significant because of its very close approximation to true pink, a color that has hitherto long eluded the hybridizer. A perfect self of very pleasing form and excellent substance, non-fading and fresh toned to the end. A striking feature accented by the lovely ethereal pink shades is a deep tangerine colored beard both startling and stunning individually as well as in combination with the pink petals. This break in coloring is a landmark in iris development. It has been adjudged the finest of an entire series of seedlings that has created so much attention to this race of hybrids of Dr. Loomis'. It has been tested widely and reviewed under its seedling number TQ 70 and its blossoming has attracted as much attention as any single iris in years. The stems are stiff and willowy standing the weather well; it is well branched. We offer this iris because it is so utterly unique. It is one of the most visable forward strides made by a hybridizer in the last 20 years toward pink. Price, each $15.00.
| From Carl Salbach catalog 1945: SPINDRIFT (Loomis 1944). During the past few years there has been a concerted effort to produce real pink iris. We have a number of pink blends and iris in pink shades. Real pink iris are scarce. Spindrift is one of the few iris approaching the true pinks. A delicate shell or coral pink with a brilliant tangerine beard which accentuates the pink shades. Tall, well-branched stems. Mid-season. Stock scarce.$15.00.
| SPINDRIFT (Loomis, 1944) : Color much like that of Pink Lace; striation extending two-thirds down falls; beard becoming thin at tip; flowers of good size but of peculiar form, the falls being stubby; branching good. [Elias Nelson, (Washington), “Varietal Comments 1946”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 105 (April 1947): 97.]
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