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Iris Intermediate Loreley

By Goos and Koenemann -1906

This historic iris was registered as a TB but is now considered IB. It is really hardy and thrives on neglect. The name comes from the siren of the Rhine who with her song enchanted sailors and lured them to their death.

The standards are a glowing yellow while the falls are a velvety violet with distinct white and yellow veining and butter yellow edges. The beard is lemon yellow.

This plant is a vigorous grower with healthy foliage tinged at the base. Also a heavy bloomer. Cheerful!!


Iris Honorabile

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.


Iris Eleanor Roosevelt

By Sass-McDade – 1933

Iris Eleanor Roosevelt

Iris Eleanor Roosevelt

This intermediate bearded iris is dark violet blue with white beards, we call it electric blue.

She is a Historic Iris that is about 20” tall and, wow; she is very reliable, vigorous, prolific and hardy. The stems don’t tip like some of the taller ones do. She is one of the first to bloom, in May, and then does some re-blooming during the rest of the iris season.

Awards: Honorable Mention 1936, Award of Merit 1937.



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