Green Hope

George Rees, R. 1954 / I. 1956
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Rees G
GG eligible - endangered

Full Description

TB 28″ M

From Lloyd Austin’s Rainbow Offerings for 1956: “I am co-introducing this with originator George Nicholas Rees, author of several splendid iris poems I have used in this catalog. A light chartreuse self, soft olive veining at haft. Bright yellow beard. Apparently all who saw it in originator’s garden wanted it. Visitors were impressed with the extent that it is saturated with green and remarked that it is greener than GREEN PASTURES. Mr. Rees, who lives in the Ozark Mts. of Missouri, says he has found it fully cold hardy, fertile both ways, so should be highly interesting to all breeding for greens. Bloomed heavily for me last November. May turn out to be a regular twice bloomer. Fragrant.”

Desc. from 1959 CL: Yellow-ground blend. Chartreuse and ocean green (M & P) becoming seafoam green at edge of falls; Tiber green buds; green lines in falls, greenish-bronze beard.

(Missouri Night X The Black Douglas).

Comment: Maybe Austin meant to write Bright bronzy beard verses yellow. Interesting to get greenish from two such dark parents as Missouri Night [B1D] and The Black Douglas [B7D]. sdt

Provenance: Image 1 taken by L Munro at Aitken’s Salmon Creek Iris , collection of Bruce Filardi, 2006 AIS Convention Display Garden.