TB. 36″ Early midseason bloom. Color Class S6M.
From Schreiners Iris Lovers Catalog 1936;” For several years we have had a block of unusually red-toned seedlings under observation. After careful selection we finally chose this sprightly, vivid flower as the outstanding one and named it after that colorful personality of the Middle Ages, Marco Polo. It is a clear-toned bicolor with lustrous rose standards and brilliant, velvety crimson falls . In general effect it comes the nearest to spectrum red of any iris we have seen. The color is solid without detracting venation. A nice orange beard contributes a sprightly touch of color. Moderately large, it has good branching and nicely placed blooms.
From National Iris Gardens 1941: “This variety is the very best red bicolor. Strong, well branched stalks bear many huge blossoms having S of rose red and F of velvety bright red – a pure red which shows no detracting undertone.”
Schreiner’s Iris Lovers Catalog 1941: “Named after a colorful personality of the Middle Ages, this variety is one of the contenders today for the honor of being the reddest iris.It is a large clear toned bicolor with lustrous rose standards and brilliant velvety crimson falls. The color is solid without distracting venation.A fine orange beard contributes a sprightly touch of contrast.One of the most handsome of the newer reds which seems to be doing well throughout the Us.