. TB, Rebloom. Delayed registration. ( ‘Astarté’ x ‘Memnon’) X ‘San Francisco‘.
This is reputed to be France’s bid for a white white iris with green influence. On a one year plant, it was exactly that. Not yet catalogued, it should prove of interest to breeders in this country. In comparing Lugano with other new whites, it appears to be whiter, no doubt because of absence of the usual yellow coloring found in many of our newer whites. I could actually see green in its makeup; don’t know whether anyone else could. [Clifford W. Benson (Mo.), “Varietal Comments,” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 110 (July 1948): 95.]
From Tell’s Iris Gardens Catalog 1951 “E-M Medium sized, tall, clean white with lemon green cast which might indicate plicata blood. Recommended as a dependable rebloomer.”