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■(TB) 'Mars Preview'

1963, Austin

'Mars Preview' (Lloyd Austin, R. 1963). Seedling# 81. TB, 33" (84 cm). Midseason bloom. Color Class O4R, Standards pale apricot; falls bright crimson; beards end in creamy white spoons. 'Flounced Spoon' X Flounced seedling. 8207. Rainbow Gardens 1963.

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From Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens catalog 1964: MARS PREVIEW (Austin '63) M-33". While pre-landing reports from Mars are meager, we envision this Iris as giving us a preview of what our space-man may find there, for it is surely "out-of-this-world." It may be horned, spooned, or flounced, but in its most exotic form it has creamy-white 3/4" spoons, or sometimes 2" flounces, standing out boldly against the bright crimson falls. The upper third of the falls is white, heavily decorated with maroon veins-and above are the mouth-watering pale apricot standards. Flounced Spoon X Flounced Seedling 8207. Regularly $22.50; on $25 order $8.95.

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