Marco Polo

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris



CLASS: Tall Bearded


BLOOM SEASON: Early to Mid

DESCRIPTION: S. rose; F. crimson; beards orange.

PARENTAGE: Vert Gallant X Grace Sturtevant

AWARDS: Honorable Mention 1937

PBF: None

INTERSTING INFO: From the 1936 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: For several years we have had a block of unusually red-toned seedlings under observation. After careful selection we have finally chosen this sprightly, vivid flower as the outstanding one and named it after that colorful personality of the Middle Ages, Marco Polo. It is a clear-toned bicolor with lustrous rose standards and brilliand crimson falls. In general effect, it comes the nearest to spectrum red of any iris we have seen. The color is solid without detracting venation. A nice orange beard contributes a sprightly touch of color. Moderately large, it has good branching and nicely placed blooms. 36 inches tall.

Webmaster Note: Despite the description of haft veining by Robert Schreiner, the original black and white photograph in the 1936 Catalog does show the same veining pattern as the one depicted in my photographs.