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(TB) 'Calypso'

1955, Douglas

'Calypso' (Geddes Douglas, R. 1954). Seedling #401A. TB, height 36" (91 cm), Early to midseason bloom. Color Class=BVLD, Dark blue-purple self, beard same. 'Barbara Adams' X 'Gulf Stream'. Fairmount 1955.

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From Fairmount Gardens, 1955: CALYPSO (Douglas 1955) M. L.Tall, dark and handsome is probably the best way to describe this iris, certainly it is one of the best varieties for in spite of the depth of color it has a lustrous sheen that gives it great garden value. A deep Amethyst Violet ( 35) self with closely domed standards and flaring falls. There are no venations and the color extends to the very heart of the flower, even the styles and full beard are of the same tone. It is not a somber iris for a velvety luminous brightness adds life and brilliance to this firm substanced and especially well branched iris. It blooms profusely and is hardy both in New England and the South and under number 801A has attracted many iris fans. 38 in. $15.00

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