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(TB) 'Orchid Dancer'

1966, Marsh

'Orchid Dancer' (James Marsh, R. 1965). Seedling# 62-41. TB, 36" (91 cm), Early midseason bloom. Color Class-RV1L, Petunia purple self (Wilson 32/2), blending to cream around beard. Seedling# 60-40 ( 'Frost And Flame' seedling x 'Arctic Flame') X 'Rippling Waters'. J Marsh 1966.

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From AIS Bulletin #181 April 1966. Introducing ORCHID DANCER (Marsh '66) EM, 36", Sdlg. 62-41. (FROST AND FLAME sdlg. X ARCTIC FLAME) X RIPPLING WATERS. Our new giant offering has very wide flowers of excellent form and substance. ORCHID DANCER has closed standards and semi-Haring falls that are very ruffled. This is a new color in iris-Petunia Purple (Wilson 33/2), blending to cream around the tangerine-red beard. The wide haft carries some light haft markings, but they are not too objectionable. Branching is exceptionally good with many of the bud sockets containing three buds. Some stalks have had up to 13 flowers. The large plant is rugged and a good increaser. Like our DISTANT HILLS, ORCHID DANCER, on established plants, will bloom on its largest increase after the main rhizomes have finished blooming. This is a unique feature which provides for a very long season of bloom. Fertile both ways. HC 1965. $25.00. James Marsh.
ORCHID DANCER (Marsh '66). "The very deepest member of this group, being almost petunia purple, but again blended pink and cream, especially near the showy red beard. The most vigorous of performers in this category, with a fine S-curved stem producing flowers over a very long bloom season; impeccable form. Definitely an overlooked winner, with only one fault noted in four years of growth and observation-a marked, slightly rough haft, but hidden by ruffles and flare in the individual flower." [Roger R. Nelson (Wayne, Nebraska), “An Extra Dimension” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 196, (January 1970): 8.

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