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(TB) 'E. B. Williamson'

1937, Cook

'E. B. Williamson' (Paul Cook, R. 1936). TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class-R7M. Pleasant fragrance. HM 1938; Gold Medal, Rome 1938; AM 1939. Longfield 1937.

Citations: A.I.S. Bulletin 71:37 (Oct. 1938).

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From Longfield Iris Farms catalog, 1937: E. B. Williamson (Cook. S-435, 1937). A glowing coppery red of medium shade. Practically a self and of distinct color effect, whether one flower is seen or a group of several stems. Really outstanding in color, perfect in form, with a wonderful lustrous silk texture — in every respect, a glorious new Iris admired by the A.I.S. judges and chosen as the finest among Mr. Cook's many seedlings. Detail: S. Hydrangea Red to Deep Corinthian Red; F. nearest to Acajou Red, with copper haft and Cadmium Yellow beard; Style Branches Pinard Yellow; crests Buckthorn Brown. The flowers are large (5 inches high with S. and F. each 2-1/2 inches wide), of durable substance, smooth texture and full rounded form. The plant has proven a strong grower with low branched stems 3 feet tall bearing 7 flowers. Pleasantly fragrant. Midseason. $25.00.
Mr. Cook has been using E. B. WILLIAMSON in breeding, and he had a large number of its offspring in bloom. While many of these seedlings show a family resemblance, the colors were in both lighter and darker coppery and salmon-red tones than the seed parent. In my opinion, at least half a dozen of these seedlings are as good, if not superior, to E. B. WILLIAMSON from a color standpoint and would make a fine addition to any collector's garden. The seedling numbers that I liked were No. 739, a bright coppery red; No. 2839, a deeper coppery red; No. 8239, a salmony copper red, and No. 9939, a red bicolor. [William J. McKee, "Our President Travels", A.I.S. Bulletin 78 (Jul. 1940): 11.]
To my eye the renowned 'E. B. Williamson' is neither copper nor red, but the exact tone of old manzanita wood with the same exquisite patina. Its big blossom has a pleasant fragrance and an extravagant dusting of gold over the whole flower. Exclusive is a misty light blue, of perfect oval form. It is a good foil for the yellow Noontide; they both bloom very late. Lila McCombs, Calif., "A Critical Evaluation of Older Iris", A.I.S. Bulletin 110 (July 1948): 56.

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