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■(TB) 'Melitza'

1940, Nesmith

'Melitza' (Elizabeth Nesmith, R. 1939). TB, Midseason bloom. Color Class-R4L. Fairmount 1940. Honorable Mention 1940; Award of Merit 1942. 1949 Checklist citation: Bull. A.I.S. 78:4 July 1940.

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Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS websitePhoto by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.CooleyMelitza fl


MELITZA (Nesmith 1940) M. This salmony flesh self is unique and a decided break in color harmony. The standards are delicate ivory pink, highly domed and firm. The falls have the same exquisite coloring with a slightly deeper flush around the beard. The beard is intense pinkish tangerine, so vivid that the whole flower seems infused with this brilliant unusual color. The flowers are medium in size of very firm substance lasting for three days or more and are nicely placed on well branched stalks. H. M., A. I. S. 1940. Per. R. 88 1941. 40 in. $8.00. Mrs. Thomas Nesmith, Fairmount Gardens Catalog, A Selected List of Tall Bearded Iris. Summer 1942-Spring 1943.
MELITZA (Nesmlth, 1940) Each 50c; 3 for $1.25. Pale ivory-flesh, particularly effective in dull weather. Much of the unusual color effect of this Iris is derived from the fiery tangerine-orange beard. No Iris that we have ever grown has increased so rapidly and it in at its best on a two-year clump. Height 36 to 40 inches. Shown in color on page 29. HM AIS, 1940; AM, 1942. Cooley's Iris catalog 1952, p. 32.
MELITZA (Nesmith, 1940) : Shell pink or almost white; purple markings on dusky haft ground; color of beard diminishing toward tip; size of flower medium with us. Its thrifty growth and liberal increase is transmitted to virtually all its seedlings. It is a good seed parent, and takes are obtained quite easily when its pollen is used on other varieties. The seeds are plump and give good germination. [Elias Nelson, (Washington), “Varietal Comments 1946”, The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 105 (April 1947): 97.]
White flushed tangerine. The conspicuous beard is tangerine red. An unusual iris that is very attractive. Increases more rapidly than any iris I have ever seen and never fails to produce good bloom. Douglas, Geddes (1942). More Variety Comments, 1942. American Iris Society Bulletin, 88 (January 1943), 63.

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-- BobPries - 2010-12-15
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
Melitza.jpgjpg Melitza.jpg manage 15 K 15 Dec 2010 - 14:24 BobPries Courtesy of Mike Lowe from original HIPS website
Melitza_Cooley_52.jpgjpg Melitza_Cooley_52.jpg manage 159 K 22 Jan 2014 - 21:00 DavidPotembski Cooley's Catalog 1952, p. 29.
Melitza_fl.jpgjpg Melitza_fl.jpg manage 70 K 18 Feb 2011 - 06:16 IrisP  
melitza.JPGJPG melitza.JPG manage 418 K 10 Jul 2018 - 20:30 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
melitza1.JPGJPG melitza1.JPG manage 449 K 10 Jul 2018 - 20:32 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
melitza2.JPGJPG melitza2.JPG manage 494 K 10 Jul 2018 - 20:33 TerryLaurin Photo by Nancy McDonald-The Pickle Barrel Collection.
Topic revision: r20 - 01 Feb 2020, BetsyHiggins
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