■(TB) 'Vatican Purple'
(Mrs. C. Whiting
, R. 1940). TB, Late bloom. Color Class-B1D. 'Missouri'
x 'Mata Hari'
| From Maple Valley Gardens catalog, 1943: VATICAN PURPLE (Whiting 1943) M. 35". A deep blue purple self of outstanding character. The color Is very elose to that called Vatican Purpole in the Dictionary of Color. The texture is not velvety so that it neither fades nor spots; the substance is very heavy, giving the fiouers a long lasting quality. The flowers are large. with cupped standards and wide flaring falls. The strong vigorous plants bloom freely and increase well. It comes from Missouri x Mata Hari. $5.00.
| VATICAN PURPLE (Whiting) -A dark purple self that would be unbeatable if the standards were closed. They were too opened to really present an appealing appearance. Clifford W. Benson (Mo.), “Varietal Comments,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 96.
| VATICAN PURPLE: I was greatly impressed with this fine iris. A big plant, with tall stalks carrying many flowers of rich velvety deep purple. A fine garden iris. Calif. “Varietal Comments” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 103, (October 1946): 62
| (1943) Among the dark blues VATICAN PURPLE was most outstanding. It is very large and of excellent form and extremely heavy substance. The garden effect is very blue, close to deep hyacinth of Ridgway. It has a heavy taffeta, not a velvety, texture, which insures its withstanding any kind of weather. A.I.S. Bulletin 91:30-31/Oct 1943.
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