CLASS: Tall Bearded
BLOOM SEASON: Mid to Late
DESCRIPTION: Uniform bishop purple self including beard; real purple color.
PARENTAGE: Prince Indigo X T 480-A: (((L 474-J: ((L 158-A: (Blue Glow x Black Belle)) x Storm Warning))) x R 632-B: (First Violet x King's Choice)
AWARDS: HC'67, HM'69, AM'71
From the 1968 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: Some iris have particular merit because their color is so unusual or outstanding. And some are memorable because their branching is exceptional. Here we have an iris that has so many meritorious features -- tops in form, beauty, color, growing habits -- that one feels inadequate for the paeons of praise it deserves. Our picture depicts its beauty but we wish the color film could have more truly caught the true sumptuousness and luxuriousness of the extremely rich, silky, smooth deep bishop's purple -- beard and all! Poetic as a matins song. A wonderful stem, 4 branches, 7 to 9 buds.
The word 'Matinata' is not an actual word in any language, but one that Schreiner's derived from the word 'matin,' which is A) a morning song or B) the first mass of the seven canonical hours in the Anglican Church.