ALCAZAR (Vilmorin 1910)
Color effect light hortense violet, velvety pansy-violet bicolor. S. Light mauve or hortense violet, shaded deeper in the recesses of creped portions. F. deep velvety pansy violet,
bronzed and veined on wide outer haft and becoming olive-yellow along the dense, showy beard. A large well-balanced flower of extra substance, firm texture, and good fragrance.
The exceptionally tall, widely branched flowering stalks are freely produced and well supported by excellent dark foliage of open growth. This is a distinct variety, a late bloomer, and one of the best ten as a specimen plant. (Cornell Extension Bulletin 112)
AMBASSADEUR? (Vilmorin 1920)
This has been the last to open this year, and has slight purple based foliage, showing occasionally. About 3' (90cm) high, flower about 5" (12cm) overall, scented. It came from the Orpington Nurseries in the 1960s.
A gigantic flower, of rich coloring, perfect form, good texture, on stout, erect stems. There is a blending of colors that makes any description inadequate. It is a dark blend, but placed where the sun's rays show through it, the effect is a rich ruby-red. (Robert Wayman, 1932)
CINNEBAR (Williamson 1928)
Stalk well branched, flowers large. S. violet purple; F. continga purple, very velvety. The general effect is a rich dark red, of one color, but owing to the extreme velvety quality of the falls, it looks like a bicolor. Some keen iris experts are very enthusiastic about this and think it is the finest flower which Williamson ever introduced. We strongly recommend it." PBF. (Quality Gardens catalog for 1930)
INDIAN CHIEF ( Ayres 1929)
Well named, for while classed as one of our superior reds, it carries a bronzy overcast, being regarded by some as a red blend. At any rate, Indian Chief is one of the most popular of the newer things, and a credit to Dr. Ayres, its introducer. The velvety falls are deep blood-red, blended with bronze, and the standards are considerably lighter in tone. A large flower, quite tall, and very well branched. (Cooley's Gardens catalog for 1937)
SNOWY OWL (Blodgett 1977) ?
This ruffled flower is almost entirely pure white, but at the back of the hafts sit fine deep yellow veins. The white beards are very gently brushed with yellow. Height 97cm/38 3/4". Midseason. White Vision x Winter Olympics. (Irises: A Gardener's Encyclopedia. Claire Austin. 2005)