TB 34″ M S7D
Dark red bitone with yellow highlights and gold beards.
From Quality Iris Gardens 1938 “M. 40”. The outstanding new iris at the 1935 Chicago Iris Show. A well shaped
flower with domed standards and flaring falls. S. deep wine red ; F. same shade overlaid blackish purple, giving a brilliant red effect. B. dark yellow with yellow style arms. The texture is good and it withstand~ hea t a nd moisture. $12.00″
From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1940: “Red … and it will not disappoint the most exacting critic. For sheer brilliance we rank it second only to that of the new Red Gleam from Mr. Lapham, the same originator. Glorious as a garden clump, almost a self, of large size, over three feet tall.”
From Schreiner’s Catalog 1941: “Some irises have the happy faculty of surprising one each season by being better than one’s recollection of them. Christabel is one of these sorts which seem more outstanding each year. NOt only is it one of the greatest red irises in the individual exhibition bloom, but in the garden its size, vigor and floriferous habit make a clump of it a perfect mass of glowing oppery red. Christabel is practically a self color except for a golden iridescence in the standards. We recommend this variety as one of the most effective of all garden irises.”
Comment: “Absolutely my favorite red. In the right lighting it is very cherry in tone and effect. Such a bright and cheerful flower too. Just fantastic in a clump. The white behind it in my photo is DM winner Mesmerizer.” – Mike, WA