Cayeux, 1931
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Orange/Deep Yellow
Cayeux F
GG eligible - protected

Full Description


From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1932: “A well named iris in brilliant luminous ivory yellow and ochraceous maroon. The standards are ivory deepening to sulphur at the base; the falls are of the same color but are heavily and entirely lined with dark but brilliant maroon, giving to the flower a most striking and novel appearance. Limited stock.”

From Rene Cayeux’s catalog for 1939: “Strong plant, well branched 3 feet stems. S. very large, ivory deepening light yellow at the margins, large sulphur yellow styles; drooping falls of same colour adorned with distinct ochraceous maroon lines running almost evenly from the base to apex giving a striking novel appearance. A very attractive flower.”

From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1937: ” …This very late novelty was one of the two or three most popular things among our visitors last season.”

From Oakhurst Gardens catalog for 1939: “A favorite from France. Huge flowers of creamy yellow with falls heavily lined rose-pink, blending into a water-color wash at the end of the petals. It never fails to attract attention to itself. 36 in.”

From the Robert Wayman’s catalog for 1940: “Given an Award of Merit by the American Iris Society in 1936. If I were to select a dozen outstanding Iris from the thousands of varieties that have been introduced to date, Marquita would be one of the dozen. It is so unusual and so beautiful that it is always wanted by anyone who sees it in bloom, but this is the first time it has been offered at a moderate price. It is a magnificent French creation, that has given us something entirely new in Iris, for it is in a class all by itself. The huge flowers are of brilliant smooth ivory, with an eggshell finish, with brilliant ruby lines running almost evenly from base to apex of falls. As the flower ages the center of the flower turns solid red leaving a cream colored border.”

From Mission Gardens catalog for 1946: “An amoena type in cream and watermelon rose. Its luminous standards are cream while the watermelon rose falls are veined rather than solidly colored. A very lovely iris.”

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1947: “An amoena type in cream and watermelon rose. Its luminous cream standards, ‘silken, hushed and chaste,’ are the last work [word?] in serene but warm exquisiteness. The watermelon rose falls are veined rather than solidly colored. A very lovely iris.”

(Symphonie X Helios), AM AIS 1936, CM SNHF 1931.

Notes: Correction in the 1949CL to parentage and CC (? listed as Y5L in 39CL).
An amoena is a bearded iris with white (very light) standards and colored falls.