Mareschal Ney

EB Williamson, 1930
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Orange/Deep Yellow
Williamson EB
GG eligible - endangered

Full Description

TB 32″ M S4D

From Longfield Iris Farm catalog for 1930: “A very rich bicolored red with a chestnut brown tone, the central area distinctly orange lighted at a distance; a very free flowering variety. Height 32 inches, stalk well branched below midheight, 11 flowers, well spaced. Flowers are large, 4 3/4 inches high and 4 1/4 inches wide. Standards arching cupped; almost circular; Livid Brown with vinaceous reflections shading to Aniline Yellow at the base; claw Maroon veined. Falls drooping; very broad wedge shaped; Dahlia Carmine; haft whitish in region of beard, yellowish along margins, Maroon and Dahlia Carmine veined; beard Deep Chrome. Style branches Empire Yellow; midline and crests lavender and reddish tinged. Leaves green, strongly purple tinged at base; erect. Very vigorous. Odor slight. On July 1 the foliage was good. It is a poor seeder, nineteen flower stalks yielding only one seed pod. The name was suggested by Mr. Harry F. Dietz.”

(Nancy Orne x . . . ) X (unknown), HM 1932.

What’s in a Name? Mareschal Ney, a popular marshal of the first French Empire under Napoleon, was affectionately known to his troops as “le Rougeaud” for the ginger color of his hair. However popular with his troops, he was shot for high treason by the King’s men after the battle of Waterloo.