TB 40″ MLa S7L
From Milliken Iris Gardens catalog for 1936: “This was the outstanding ‘pink’ iris in our experimental garden last year. It possesses all the good qualities of a perfect flower and elicited unbounded praise from all who saw it. China Maid is a very large flower of heavy substance and excellent shape, with well-rounded falls, wide haft, large domed standards, and grows on a 40-inch stem. The color is a most intriguing blend of pink and golden bronze with just a suggestion of lilac. The falls are mallow pink, flushed with lilac and blended and faintly edged with bronze. The haft is beautifully veined with golden bronze. The standards are an enchanting soft lilac pink, luminously suffused throughout with shades of copper. The beard is an inconspicuous buff yellow. A decided fragrance adds its touch to this altogether charming iris.”
From Robert Wayman’s catalog 1939 40″ VERY FRAGRANT. The largest and best of all pinks, being twice as large as Eros, which it somewhat resembles in color; with an unsurpassed perfection of form and finish and a “sparkle” as though studded with tiny gems.
From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s Catalog for 1944: “A snatch of grace beyond the reach of art, this lovely iris is extremely hard to describe. Practically a self of soft mallow pink enhanced by an intriguing blending of golden buff at the haft and edges of the petals. Of rare charm it is one of the finest pinks having with us the fault of not always standing up in hot, windy weather. It is delicately scented.”