CLASS: Tall Bearded
BLOOM SEASON: Mid to Late
DESCRIPTION: S. rich red-purple plicata; F. rich red-purple with bold splash of white center of F.; wine beards tipped old gold.
PARENTAGE: Port Wine X Bazaar
From the 1958 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: Novelty iris have special appeal as conversation pieces in the garden picture. Here is one of the best it has been our privilege to offer. Deeper, richer, redder, and larger than any of its predecessors, such as the ever popular Port Wine and Bazaar, Karachi represents a distinct advance in dark plicatas. The entire flower, of crisp form and ideal habits, is a glistening red-purple except for a large, bold splash of white on the center of the falls, which stands out like a herald device embossed on a shield, or an arabesque figure on a rich-toned Oriental rug. Imagine a clump with a dozen of these gorgeous blooms open at one time and you will understand why Karachi is a 'must-have' with garden visitors.
Karachi is the largest city and business capital of Pakistan.
IMPOSTER ALERT: There are numerous imposters of Karachi roaming about. The key indicator of Karachi is the white singal patch on the falls. The wine color of the rim should be the dominant color. The imposters will have a thinner rim of color more of the white ground.