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From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1932: “A variegata with the brightest yellow standards and very dark falls. It made a fine showing in Mr. Wister’s garden last June, and I am pleased to find a beautiful clump in Mr. Wayman’s display on Long Island. Of such perfection in every way that I felt I could not do without it, even though we have two richly colored irises of this type in Crown Prince and Beau Sabreur. Lodestar is quite different from either of these.”
From The Longfield Iris Farm catalog for 1934: “S. lemon chrome; F. velvety claret brown with lemon chrome border. The flowers are fine finish with S. of remarkably clear color. Thirty-six inches. A most brilliant variegata.”
From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1937: “One of the last to flower, this bright combination of glittering yellow standards and very dark brownish falls is a real “high light” in any garden. Flowers are of perfect formation, lavishly produced. Height about two and a half feet. Very small rhizomes always.”
From Carl Salbach’s catalog for 1939: “Easily the best and brightest of all small variegatas. A fine doer everywhere and not only bright, but very rich. Bright yellow standards, clear red brown falls, highlighted by vivid gold edging. Very clear in color, and although a small iris it is one of the most outstanding of all iris – one that should be in every garden. Rhizomes always small. 24-inch.”
From Robert Wayman’s catalog of 1939: ” 36″ This is undoubtedly the most brilliant of the variegatas introduced to date besides being of unsurpassed perfection of form approached by no other variegata that I have seen. S – deep, clear, smooth, yellow; F – velvety claret-brown with a narrow border the same color as the standards. For a brilliant spot in the garden try Lodestar.
From Walter Marx’s Gardens catalog for 1948: “Not large but just about the flashiest iris in the garden. A brilliant variegata with bright yellow standards and glowing brownish red falls. Not tall and best planted in the foreground.”
((Gajus x . . . ) X Iris King), AM 1927.