Friday, March 30, 2012
Tall Bearded Iris 'Venus Butterfly'
A stunningly bold, ruffled and flared bloom in an intoxicating blend of mulberry-lilac tan with a strong sweet fragrance. Add to the mix show branching and great bud count and it's just what we have come to expect of a selection from the Blyth dynasty. Excellent substance and great carrying power across the garden.'Venus Butterfly' in New Zealand is only now getting the degree of attention it deserved.Visit a garden where it is blooming and it will go to the top of your Must-Have list. As good as, if not better when compared to 'Bronze Peacock' a more recent arrival of a similar colour tone
Tempo Two Iris Hostas and Daylilies Catalogue, New Introductions for 1994-1995
VENUS BUTTERFLY (Blyth, Aust. 1994) M-ML 38"a a mulberry lilac tan blend with the standards been lilac infused tan and the falls are more mulberry lilac and mauve around the beards. Tannish hafts and white beads tipped yellow in throat. Wide and horizontally cleared with good 3 to 4 way branching. Sweet fragrance. Strong grower.
AIS Checklist 1999
VENUS BUTTERFLY Barry Blyth, R. 1994 Sdlg. A63-6. TB, 38" (97 cm), ML ; S. mulberry lilac infused light tan; F. mulberry lilac, mauve near beards, tannish hafts; beards white, tipped yellow in throat; pronounced sweet fragrance.Dance Man X Rembrandt Magic . Tempo Two 1994/95.
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Photo credit and copyright Iris Hunter