The original Honorabile was hybridized by Lemon 1840 and came from France.
This historic plant is a intermediate bearded that stands about 18” and is hardy and prolific. The standards are golden yellow and the falls are flecked bronze and mahogany on a yellow background.
Several sports have developed from Honorabile including Joseph’s Coat, Kaleidoscope, Shersin-Wright and Sans Souci. There has been much discussion in the trade over the last few years regarding which is the real Honorabile. Some think that the original had darker falls and that the iris that is commonly sold as Honorabile is actually Sans Souci. In any case, this is one that will be around for many years to come.