Quaker Lady Iris (Farr, 1909)
This beautiful antique iris, Quaker Lady, is a bicolor iris with pale purple standard petals, ageratum-violet fall petals, and deep gold reticulations on the falls. There is a smokey tint in the colors of the petals. The iris breeder Bertrand Farr developed this iris in 1909 from a cross of Iris squalens and I. pallida.
The Cornell Extension Bulletin 112, 1925 describes Quaker Lady Iris thus:
“Color effect a smokey lavender, ageratum-blue, bronzed and blended bicolor. S. pale purplish vinaceous, of silky surface texture, bronzed thruout. F. mauvette to deeper ageratum-violet, bronzing at the edge and becoming yellow-olive on outer haft. Reticulations deep gold to olive brown.
The beard is fine, projecting, and yellow-orange, and the styles are cream-buff tinged at the base. The growth is vigorous, and the plant has lax, slender, deep yellow-green leaves, tinged at the base. The flowering stalks are freely produced, above medium height, well branched, and carry their numerous blooms in a fine mass. The soft, smokey lavender, blending with old gold in the fair-sized, firm-textured flowers, is very pleasing when used in mass with bright yellows. This variety is a late bloomer. Rating 84.”