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‘Carla Beth’ (Wyss/Norris, 2012) MTB, 20", EM

It's our pleasure to introduce this iris for the late Betty Wyss, named after her daughter Carla.  As the story goes, this iris found us.  When we inherited the median collection from Gormley Greenery in 2007, this little iris came along too.  Doing inventory the next spring, we came across the name 'Carla Beth', one we didn't know.  After a little research we found that Betty had reserved the name, but hadn't finished registering the plant before she passed away.  The variety was on display for the 2005 AIS Convention in St. Louis, and we soon were able to acquire stock from Mike Thiessen, another gardener who'd grown it for the convention displays.  Over the last four years, we've built stock up and finally have enough to share with you.  This smart-looking MTB features intensely colored, juicy flowers and superb growth habits.  Strong purple-based foliage (PBF) adds foliar interest through the season. 

Official description:  S. warm pink suffused henna, fading to lighter at midribs (near RHS 182C), ages to pink chocolate blend; F. medium red-violet (bluer than 77C), blending to pink suffused henna at edge, golden hafts, fades to pale purplish-pink; beards tangerine; pronounced purple based foliage; sweet fragrance. Parentage unknown.