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■(TB) 'Magnifica'

1919, Vilmorin

'Magnifica' (Vilmorin, 1919) TB. Early bloom. Color Class S9L. 'Ricardi' X 'Amas'.

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Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1914, 4e série, Tome XV, p. 387; 1922, Tome XXIII, p. 215; note: listed as introduced in 1911.
Vilmorin-Andrieu & Cie, plantes vivaces et à massif 1921, p. 50.
Peckham, E. (Ed.). (1940). Alphabetical iris check list: 1939, (p. 342). The American Iris Society.
MAGNIFICA. (Vilm. 1920) — An enormous violet bicolor, its high rating sufficient comment; 3 ft. $10.00. (Glen Road, 1923, p. 11)
Glen Road Iris Gardens. (1923). Catalog for 1923. Biodiversity Heritage Library. Retrieved from
MAGNIFICA (Vilmorin). Enormous flowers borne on stiff branching stems. S. light violet-blue. F. long, deep red- dish-violet reticulated brown, yellow beard, sweetly scented. 3 ft. Class IV. 12 for sale. $5.00 each. (Pudor, 1923, p. 35).
Pudor, O. M. (1923) Iris catalog. Biodiversity Heritage Library. Retrieved from
MAGNIFICA (Vilmorin) $2.00. This Iris does not multiply as rapidly as Ambassadeur, but it is a splendid selling variety and we have no surplus stock. S. light violet-blue; F. long, deep reddish-violet reticulated brown. Yellow beard. (Bonnewitz, 1926, p. 21).
Bonnewitz, Lee R. (1926). Irises; 1926 descriptive list[catalog]. Biodiversity Heritage Library. Retrieved from
MAGNIFICA - 9.1. A beautiful variety with very large flowers borne on tall, widely-branched stalks. Standards broad, pale hortense violet; falls long and straight hanging, phlox-purple, shading to cream or yellow at the haft with conspicuous markings of brown. Fragrant. Growth erratic. 36 to 42 inches. When happily located this is one of the most beautiful Irises. (Indian Spring, 1928, p. 34).
Indian Spring Farms. (1928). Select Irises[catalog 1928]. American Iris Society Iris Encyclopedia. Retrieved from
MAGNIFICA. (Vilmorin, 1920)—S. light violet-blue; F. deep reddish violet. Exceeding long and large blooms; coloring is very pretty, and is usually classed with the very best Irises. 36-40 ins. $1.25. (Simpson Iris, 1928, p. 7).
Simpson Iris Gardens. (1928). Garden irises; A descriptive price list, 1928. Biodiversity Heritage Library. Retrieved from
Revue Horticole. (1937). p. 237 , Nouvelle série, Tome XXV, photo p. 532.

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-- Main.RPries - 2010-12-14
  • 'Magnifica' is one of only three known pentaploid irises, with a chromosome count of 60-62. -- NancyMcDonald - 2016-06-18
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Magnifica.jpgjpg Magnifica.jpg manage 18 K 14 Dec 2010 - 21:03 UnknownUser Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
ambassadeur-ballerine-magnifica.jpgjpg ambassadeur-ballerine-magnifica.jpg manage 160 K 02 Sep 2017 - 13:07 UnknownUser Revue Horticole 1922 (France).
magnifica.JPGJPG magnifica.JPG manage 641 K 27 Jun 2018 - 03:24 UnknownUser Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
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