From Wallace Iris Gardens catalog for 1922: “A grand distinct Iris, large stout textured flowers and bold foliage, S lilac pink, F purplish old-rose, golden at throat and yellow beard. Of this beautiful Iris, Mr. Eden Philpotts writes “It resembles nothing but itself. There mingle in its immense uprights and broad falls all pale shades of auburn, sepia and rose. The beard is of bright gold. I have haunted the magnificent thing for a week and yet know not how fittingly to describe its glory.”
From Cornell Extension Bulletin 112, 1925: “Color effect a pale buff-pink, old-rose bicolor. S. light amparo purple, bronzed and reticulated brilliant brown on yellow claw. F. Mathews’ purple reticulated brown on light cream-white to yellow outer haft.
There is a decided violet tinge extending from the tip of the dense, orange beard to the center of the blade. The crests are bronzed and the segments very slender. Its growth in some sections is sometimes unsatisfactory, tho generally it is moderate. The plant has stiff, medium foliage and excellent flower spikes of stately attitude. The large, long, blocky flowers are borne close to the stem but well spaced. Tho sometimes considered to be a shy bloomer, it is a good cut flower of stately bearing. Its odor is very pleasing. Rating 86.”
CM SNHF 1905, AM RHS 1910.
Provenance: Image 1 from Presby Iris Gardens,c. 2002.
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