TB 36″ M R9D
From Quality Gardens catalog for 1931: “This is a cross between Cardinal and Rose Madder. The color is red and it is a self color. The falls appear darker than the standards because of their velvety quality. Without question this is one of the outstanding introductions in recent years and we shall be glad when the stock is sufficient that it may be in every garden.”
From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1932: “The peer of all red irises, a Dykes Medal winner in America, and certainly one of the finest things ever introduced. The blooms are of great size, on tall stems, and flower over a long season. In color Dauntless appears much redder than most other so-called red irises, due partly to the fact that it carries a mixture of orange and brown in its pigment and very little blue or purple. Across the garden it glows like fire. It was the finest variety seen in New England last season.”
From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1937: “Probably one of the most popular and widely known of all so-called red irises. Although we now have several newer introductions that surpass it, none the less Dauntless remains near the top, and there has never been sufficient stock to supply demand. The blooms are of great size, on tall heavy stems, and last over a long season. The coloring is rich velvety red, with very little of the blue or purple undertone.”
(Cardinal X Rose Madder), Dykes Medal 1929.