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(TB) 'Blue Spinel'

1961, Gibson

'Blue Spinel' (James Gibson, R. 1956). Seedling# 22-2A. TB, 36" (91 cm), Midseason bloom. Deep spinel-blue self. 'Sierra Skies' x 'Danube Wave'. Cooley 1961. Honorable Mention 1962.

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BLUE SPINEL (Gibson, 1961) Each $20.00. In our 33 years of introducing new Iris we have placed in commerce only three blues. Great Lakes was one and it went on to win the Dykes Medal. Bluebeard and Royal Violet are the other two. Why? Well, there are so many good ones available these days that the field is practically jam-packed. For this reason we pondered a full year before concluding that we had here a genuine gem of unsurpassed quality and color perfection. The huge, spreading blossoms will measure 8 inches in width, the substance is like leather and has an enamel-like finish. It is lighter than indigo but still a deep shade of blue. Giant foliage, heavy stalks and exceptionally free blooming. 3 feet tall. [Cooley's Iris, 1961]

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