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■(TB) 'Ballerine'

1920, Vilmorin

'Ballerine' (Vilmorin, R. 1920). Seedling year 1909. TB, 48", Midseason bloom. Color Class B3M, Light. Standards pearl blue with violet tinge; Falls manganese violet, bronzed outer haft; white beard tipped orange.

See below:


Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1910, Nouvelle série, Tome X, p. 329; 1922, Tome XXIII, p. 215; note: listed as introduced in 1909.
Vilmorin-Andrieu & Cie, plantes vivaces et à massif 1921, p. 50.
See John C. Wister Collection, Scott Arboretum Archives, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College picture.
Revue Horticole, 1922, p. 237. Large pallida with soft stems, exceeding 4' and huge light blue-violet flowers, with very round divisions, sweet scented. Semi-early.
From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: BALLERINE (Vilmorin 1920) 9.4. One of the very finest lavender bicolors. S. broad and waved at the margins, of light blue-violet; F. a deeper blue. Very sweet scented flower, of large size, on stems 48 inches tall. A really grand variety. $1.00 each.
BALLERINE carries the same rating as AMBASSADEUR. It is a very large, fragrant, light violet-blue flower, growing 4 feet tall and blooms early. [Robert Wayman, "Best Twenty-five Irises", The Flower Grower Oct 1925: 404. Print.]

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Ambassadeur-Ballerine-Degas-Hussard.jpgjpg Ambassadeur-Ballerine-Degas-Hussard.jpg manage 92 K 20 Nov 2018 - 08:31 UnknownUser From Vilmorin-Andrieux catalog (1938), pp. 8-9
BallerineRT.jpgjpg BallerineRT.jpg manage 24 K 22 Jan 2012 - 15:08 Main.Betsy881 Photo by Rick Tasco
ambassadeur-ballerine-magnifica.jpgjpg ambassadeur-ballerine-magnifica.jpg manage 160 K 02 Sep 2017 - 12:53 UnknownUser Revue Horticole 1922 (France).
ballerine01.JPGJPG ballerine01.JPG manage 636 K 30 Apr 2018 - 02:53 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
ballerine02.JPGJPG ballerine02.JPG manage 686 K 30 Apr 2018 - 02:55 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
ballerine03.JPGJPG ballerine03.JPG manage 682 K 30 Apr 2018 - 02:57 Main.TLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
ballerine9.JPGJPG ballerine9.JPG manage 79 K 11 Aug 2021 - 02:09 Main.TLaurin Photo by Mary Hess-Bluebird Haven Iris Garden
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