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(TB) 'Wood Opal'

1952, Whiting

'Wood Opal' (Mrs. C. Whiting, R. 1952) Seedling# 4912. TB, 38" (97 cm), Midseason late bloom. Blend Egyptian buff and garnet-brown, no haft markings. Name transferred from registration of 1947, which was seedling# 4610 ('Sunset Serenade' x 'Burmese Gold'); never distributed and destroyed in 1950. 'Aurora Dawn' x 'Campfire Glow'. Maple Valley 1952.

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From Maple Valley Gardens catalog, 1952: WOOD OPAL, Whiting 1952. No. 4912 (AURORA DAWN X CAMPFIRE GLOW). Midseason to late. 38 inches. The smooth and coalescent blending of brown and tan in this iris suggested the name. It looks as if it might have been carved from a log in the Petrified Forest. A faint infusion of pink in the blending enhances the subtle, gem like effect of its coloring. No veining mars the haft. The large, sleekly rounded flowers are of heavy substance, lasting for days. The tall, well branched stalks insure a long season of bloom, almost as long as that of its sister seedling MIDCONTINENT. On June 16 last year, in a row of a dozen plants, we found several fully developed seed pods, 15 good blooms and 10 buds yet to open. The plants are hardy and vigorous. $10.00.

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