EM Willis, R. 1949 / I. 1950
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Orange/Deep Yellow
Wills J
GG eligible - endangered

Full Description

TB 38″ EM

Rich burnished brown with blue hint below the gold beard. Looks as bright golden-brown in garden.

Original Recording of parentage:
(Hindu Queen X Tobacco Road).

Final Recording of parentage:
((Rameses x Jean Cayeux) x Conestoga [Kirkland]) X (Tobacco Road), HC 1949, HM 1950.

Note: When Centurion was registered in 1949, the parentage was correctly recorded as: (Hindu Queen X Tobacco Road). This non-introduced ‘HQ parent’ was registered in 1943; its parentage is (Rameses x Jean Cayeux) X (Conestoga [Kirkland]). The ‘Kirkland’ attachment to Conestoga is to distinguish it from Farr’s 1930 B1D Conestoga, noted in the 1939-CL as both obsolete and about to be superseded.

Wills transferred the name Hindu Queen to a different seedling which he then registered in 1960; so the HQ of R. 1943 remains/reverts back to a numbered seedling status, and its parentage fills the void now created in Centurion’s documentation. You don’t normally see this as there are rules against transferring a name if it has been used in hybridizing. However, they apply differently if all stock and offspring still lie completely within the originator’s control. sdt

From Iris Test Gardens 1954 “This rich burnished brown iris makes a most impressive clump in the garden. The standards are domed and closely held, the falls are rounded and semi flaring with a very faint suggestion of blue just below the gold beard. A self with big round globe shaped flowers of firm substance, and excellent carrying qualities. A handsome sturdy iris with good branching and clean growth. 7.50 “