Smokey lavender, ageratum-blue

Quaker Lady Iris

 

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.”

 

Quaker Lady Iris. This photograph, taken on an overcast day, shows how light intensity can affect the color appearance of bearded iris.
Quaker Lady Iris. This photograph, taken on an overcast day, shows how light intensity can affect the color appearance of bearded iris. The smokey tint of the standard petals seems more pronounced on a cloudy day.

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