Helen Collingwood

K. Smith, 1949
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Lemon/Light Yellow
Smith K
Common Garden Variety

Full Description

TB 40″ LaM R3D

From Edenwald Gardens catalog for 1952: “Light lavender standards, brilliant violet-purple falls. An entirely different and truly brilliant neglecta.”

From Wild’s of Missouri catalog for 1954 “A very brilliant Iris in the neglecta class. The standards are light lavender, broad and firmly held. The bright violet-purple falls are flaring with wide hafts. The heavy substanced flowers have a neat ruffling at the border. The sturdy stalks are well balanced and the growth is vigorous.”

From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1955: “A very brilliant Iris in the neglecta class. Standards are light lavender, the falls bright violet-purple … a decided contrast. Stalks are 40 inches tall, sturdy and vigorous.”

From Lyon’s Irisland catalog for 1955: “This neglecta is attractive in its color combination. The standards are light lavender, while the falls are a brilliant red-purple. Profuse bloomer.”

From Syllmar Gardens catalog for 1956: “A most unusual and brilliant neglecta with light lavender standards broad and firmly held, and flaring, bright violet-purple falls. The blooms are of heavy substance and daintily ruffled at the edges. Well branched and vigorous. A fine iris.”

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1958: “Brilliant and vivid in pattern this two-toned, cheerful Iris possesses light lavender standards and bright violet-purple falls which contrasts strikingly. The standards are actually sparkling and the bloom has great charm and freshness of coloring.”

Same parentage as the later English cultivar Headlines, which won the 1959 EDM.

(Extravaganza x Louise Blake), HM 1950, AM 1952

Notes: Because of its vigorous nature Helen Collingwood is one of those irises often showing up in collections of noids. Fortunately it has a couple of very distinct points that help to easily ID it. The standards are just about as pale as you can get without being pure white. The style crest is brushed with a lighter shade of the same purple as the falls. The hafts have thumbprints on each side that are distinctly redder than the rest of the fall. There’s a reason it is always described as unusual, distinct and different – there’s nothing else like it. MU

Interesting that Helen Collingwood and Headlines are separated by a couple of years… and an ocean. Perhaps KS mailed LB some seeds and tucked in a note boasting of Helen C. ‘This is gonna make HEADLINES!’ – whereby Brummitt reserved the name and took the Dykes! …working up a plot for my irisdome novella. sdt