ORIGINATOR: Sanford Babson
CLASS: Tall Bearded
BLOOM SEASON: Midseason
DESCRIPTION: Standards pastel lavender; Falls deeper; blue beard.
PARENTAGE: Commentary X Melodramma
AWARDS: Honorable Mention 1965; Award of Merit 1969
INTERESTING INFO: From the 1964 Melrose Gardens Catalog: Color-wise, this is not at all what you would expect from either parent, but everything visible is so exactly right about this iris; the whole melts into an ecstatic visual poem. The width and ruffling it did get from Melodrama with no hindrance from Commentary. Its clarity of color may have been inherited from the latter flower. It is a soft, very pastel orchid lavender with just a flush more color on the falls. The beard is a pastel blue, and even the few maroon veins, as though penciled in, around the beard and deep into throat effect a focal center in the overall composition. The almost extreme branching and sturdy stalk rising from lush wide foliage finishes the stanza and brings the vision to earth.