Leda’s Lover

Hager, R. 1979 / I. 1980
Iris Class:
Bearded
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Age:
1980-1989
Fall Color:
White
Standard Color:
White
Pattern:
Self
Beard Color:
Lemon/Light Yellow
Hybridizer:
Hager B

Full Description

TB 38″ M

From Melrose Gardens catalog for 1980: “Most of the better ‘swan’ names have been used for iris but here is a new version: Zeus turned himself into a swan for this affair. Oh those ingenious Greek Deities! A great flurry of white feathers flutter-ruffle the edges of the majestic petals of these olympian flowers – petals so expanded, so fully rounded, so companionably embracing as they overlap each others spacial limits, so – Oh go look at the picture. Beards are pale yellow; branching, buds and plant habits are all great.”

(Geometrics sib (blue) X Ice Sculpture), HM 1982, AM 1984.

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1984: “Like the pristine swan of mythology, this broad ‘feathery’ ruffled and superbly white Iris is most highly regarded. Not a cold chalk white nor a warm cream white, but rather just a complete pure luxurious elegant white with a matching white beard. The beards imperceptibly intensify deep in the floret to a light cool lemon shade. Buoyant ruffling as well as color make Leda’s Lover a treasury of unmitigated beauty. 7buds.”