TB 28″ M B3D From Rainbow Gardens catalog for 1925: “A wonderful Iris and forerunner of a new race on account of the extraordinary development of the falls. S. Dauphin’s blue or light bluish-violet, large, erectly held, well developed and slightly veined. F. of exceptional substance broadening out at the base to a deep rich indigo-purple velvet, veining at the throat, violet-purple on white ground. Beard orange, very pronounced. Strong and vigorous, foliage very broad and blue-green. Considered one of the finest irises in cultivation.” From the RHS Wisley trials in 1927: “Very vigorous but of slow increase, with straight glaucous-green foliage, 24″. Flowering stems 28″ nearly straight 5 to 8 flowered. Close flowers, well proportioned, stiff, scented; S. domed, 2¾ X 2¼” pale violet; F. hanging straight, 1¾ X 2¼”, very velvety, deep rich nigrosin-violet; beard white tipped orange. Rather shy. Buds cross over stem. Flowering for 3 weeks from 30th May 1927″ From J.C. Nicholls Irises catalog for 1928: “S. large and erect, of light bluish violet. F. deep rich indigo purple velvet, nearly horizontal, the haft very wide. Enriched by a brilliant orange beard. Of exceptional substance. This epoch-making Iris is more richly colored than any of its descendants, or any other Iris. The first roots imported, weakened by the trip, gave the erroneous impression that it is a weak grower lacking hardiness. After recovering its vigor in this country it has grown well and proven to be perfectly hardy, but it increases slowly. For five years it has thriven in our garden under the same treatment as the others, without the loss of a root, and has given perfect bloom the last four years. The most famous Iris in the world, and, in the opinion of many, the most beautiful.” From Quality Gardens catalog for 1929: “S. Dauphin’s blue as light bluish-violet; F. of exceptional substance of a deep, rich, indigo purple velvet. Plant is strong and vigorous. None of the Dominion Seedlings have surpassed it in color. Scented. When this was first brought over to this country it was hard to raise, but now it is acclimated and grows with strength and vigor, and as much as any other Iris in the garden.” From Quality Gardens catalog for 1931: ” S. light bluish violet; F. of exceptional deep rich indigo purple velvet. Plant is strong and vigorous. Stock is now acclimated and easy to raise. Chiefly of value to the hybridizer.” From Cayeux et LeClerc’s catalog for 1939: “S. violet blue. F. spreading velvety purple indigo. Height 3 ft. ” (Cordelia X Macrantha),
From Stumpp & Walters, Newark NJ 1933 ” A forerunner of a new race of Irises. Characterized bythe heavy, plush-like texture and rich,deep coloring. The standards are of steel-blue and the falls deep rich indigo-purple”.
AM RHS 1917.