ORIGINATOR: Ferdinand Cayeux
CLASS: Tall Bearded
BLOOM SEASON: Mid to Late
DESCRIPTION: S. coppery red; F. rich, claret-crimson.
PARENTAGE: Francheville X Bruno
AWARDS: French Dykes Medal 1930, Certificate of Merit S.N.H.F.
From the 1936 Robert Wayman Catalog: WINNER OF DYKES MEMORIAL MEDAL, HIGHEST INTERNATIONAL HONORS. Generally considered one of the finest Iris in the world. Of gigantic size and perfect form and texture, on tall, nicely branched stems. S - coppery-red, flushed golden bronze; F - rich claret crimson. The entire flower seems to be lightly dusted with fine golden powder, giving it an unusual richness.
From the 1937 Schreiner's Iris Lovers Catalog: One of the milestones in the development of the modern iris - a robust giant: tall, full-petaled, courtly. Standards are a rosy purple shot with an infusion of bronze; the bright-bearded falls are a rich claret-crimson. In every way a great iris.
From the 1939 Cayeux Iris Catalog: An imposing giant of the greatest vigour, strong branching stems 4 feet tall. S. clear coppery vinous red. F. wide flaring perfect in texture and form. S. light glowing rosy-purple overlaid bronzy gold. F. very wide, spreading purplish-garnet red shading to lighter rosy-bronze at the edge with conspicuous veining ochry-bronze at throat and deep orange beard.