• Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

ORIGINATOR: Ferdinand Cayeux


CLASS: Tall Bearded



DESCRIPTION: S. pale yellow; F. pale yellow, heavily veined and washed watermelon-rose; gold beards.

PARENTAGE: Symphonie X Hélios

AWARDS: Certificate of Merit S.N.H.F. 1931, Award of Merit (AIS) 1936

PBF: Unknown

From the 1937 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: An amoena type in cream and watermelon rose. Its luminous cream standards, ‘silken, hushed and chaste,’ are the last word in serene but warm exquisiteness. The watermelon rose falls are veined rather than solidly colored. A very lovely iris.

From the 1939 René Cayeux Iris Catalog: Strong plant, well branched 3 feet stems. S. very large, ivory deepening light yellow at the margins, large sulphur yellow styles; drooping falls of same colour adorned with distinct ochraceous maroon lines running almost evenly from the base to apex giving a striking novel appearance. A very attractive flower.

From the 1940 Carl Salbach Iris Catalog: One of the finest French iris ever produced - a re- markable variety which should eventually find its way into the gardens of all iris lovers. Described by one of the A. I. S. judges as: "One of the most unique of all ... America should give it its highest award." Overlooked in the awarding of the French Dykes Medal because it was so late of bloom that most of the judges missed it. Perhaps the largest of all variegatas, but so distinctly different in coloring from the average variegata that it hardly seems to belong under the same classification. Simply huge blooms, standards of clear creamy yellow, frostily lustrous, and with falls of cream, but so heavily lined rose pink that it seems more like a suffusion than a lining at the end of the petals.