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(TB) 'Mary Ellen'

1946, McKee

'Mary Ellen' (William McKee, R. 1946) TB. Sdlg. #44-44. Late bloom. Color Class-R9D. 'Mary Vernon' x 'Miobelle'. High Commendation 1946, Honorable Mention 1947. Note: Mary Ellen was the daughter of Mr. McKee.

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From Fairmount Gardens catalog, 1948: MARY ELLEN (McKee 1947) L. The Ox-blood red flowers (Maerz and Paul) are very large and have great depth of color, yet there is a brilliance about them that is seldom found in a red iris. The closely domed standards are firmly held by the heavy green-gold midrib with just a bit of gold extending up from the base of the standards. The falls are wide, velvety, and flaring, flushed with a deeper tone in the center, and finished with a ruffled marginal edging of Rosy red that is exactly the same shade as the standards. Broad beard of rich yellow. Heavy substanced flowers evenly spaced on tall well branched stalks, it is a great addition to this color class. H. C. A. I. S. 1946. H. M., A. I. S. 1947. R. 90 1946. 40 in. $15.00.
It was my good fortune to be staying in the East, my former home, for several months so I visited again Mr. McKee 's garden and saw his 44-44 in top form. This iris is now named Mary Ellen. It is a beautiful iris, the falls are wide and flaring with much ruffling. They are of a rich oxblood and red brushed with velvety black and finished with a marginal edging of rosy red, exactly the same shade of the beautifully domed standards. The standards have a brilliant greenish mid-rib which gives them firmness. [Mrs. Otto Steutzel, “After the Ball Was Over,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 103 (October 1946): 9-10.]

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