Photo Courtesy of Lloyd Austin Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens Catalog (1955)
CLASS: Dwarf Bearded / Species
BLOOM SEASON: Very, Very Early
DESCRIPTION: Royal blue with dark thumbspot on F.
PARENTAGE: Unknown, raised from seeds.
INTERSTING INFO: From the 1942 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: Lovely royal blue with beard the same color. These two varieties (along with Carpathia) are selected from hundreds of seedlings raised from seed, collected and sent to us from Rumania.
From the 1955 Lloyd Austin Rainbow Hybridizing Gardens Catalog: A true miniature; one of the 4 known forms of Pumila; sought by every breeder of Dwarfs. A midget, only 4" high. A deep violet blue self with a blackish violet area like a black signal around lilac-blue beard. Even the pollen is blue. It is believed all blue Dwarfs stemmed from Sulina or some other similar form. So this is a collector's item for any dwarf hybridizer.
Webmaster Note: Although introduced by Schreiner's, Sulina was never officially registered with the Checklist of the American Iris Society.