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(TB) 'Leonato'

1922, Hort

'Leonato' ( Sir Arthur Hort, R. 1922) TB. Early bloom. Color Class-B1M. 'Volumnia' x unknown.

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From Sam Carpenter Garden catalog, 1927: LEONATO (Hort) Very much taller, flowers very much larger and lighter in tone than Lady Foster. Unquestionably the finest bi-color in the world. From the tip of the standard to the tip of the fall it measures over 6-in. Larger than any other Iris in existence with the exception of Ricarcli Blanc, Bleute and Peerless. This ought to rate at least 95. 4 ft. $7.50. John C. Wister in Bulletin No. 7 of American Society, page 10, says of this Iris: "Nothing more beautiful than this flower can be imagined."
From Indian Spring Farms catalog, 1927: LEONATO (Hort 1922). A giant flower on the lines of Lady Foster; very fragrant and exceedingly large, but at the same time shapely and well proportioned. S. pale lavender, passing to silvery-heliotrope in certain lights; F. of slightly darker tone than the standards, widely expanded, 2-1/2 inches across at the haft, with dark reticulations on a white ground. Early flowering and very strong growing. 48 inches. $10.00 each.
From Bonnewitz catalog, 1926: LEONATO (Hort) See Supplementary List S. pale lavender passing to silvery heliotrope in certain lights; F. of slightly darker tone than standards. Falls very large. Mr. Wister and I saw this Iris in bloom in Sir Arthur Hort’s own garden in June, 1922. It was the largest Iris either of us had ever seen, and the bloom was of good form and held gracefully. It is somewhat lighter in color than Lady Foster, and while it multiplies slowly, yes, very slowly, it seems to be able to withstand our climate much better than Lady Foster. We hope to offer a few roots for sale in a supplement to this price list to be issued after the blooming season.
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