From the Stevens Iris catalog: “Rarely has a new iris in this country received such high acclaim before its introduction as has this lovely and sensational silver-blue, which we are introducing for its raiser, Mrs. Stevens, this year. During the flowering season last November, there was always a small crowd around Foaming Seas, photographing, examining, or just standing drinking in the beauty of its crystalline blossoms. It is being introduced in America later this season by Schreiner’s Iris Gardens of Oregon, and it is due to the courtesy of Mr. Robt. Schreiner that we are able to offer it this summer, a few months prior to its American debut. The very large flowers, beautifully frilled and ruffled, are lightest silvery blue, deepening softly to an intense silver blue towards the hafts of both standards and falls. A white beard, tipped silver blue where it extends on to the fall, and a clear tracery of blue on the hafts, add to its distinctive individuality. The standards, like the falls, are heavily ruffled and remain firmly upright throughout the life of the flower. 3 ft.” (Jane Phillips X ((((Calpurnia x Morocco Rose) x Summit) x (Summit sib x Tropic Moon) x Chicory Blue)), HM 1960.
From Fleur de Lis Iris Gardens 1963 “FOAMING SEAS !Stevens ’60) E. M. 35 in.Jane Phillips x ((((Calpurina x Morocco Rose) x Summit) x (Summit sib. x Tropic Moon) x Chicory Blue). A novel and interesting as well as beautiful new iris that appears at first glance to be of Once origin. Actually it has no once blood but gets that appearance because of the great width of its broad round falls and its texture
veined, crepy finish. Pale ice blue white .One you will like. H.M. 1960 … .. . 5.00.”