Mrs. Horace Darwin

Sir Michael Foster, 1888
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Intermediate Bearded
Before 1900
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Foster M
Available - not endangered

Full Description

IB 24″ M W1

From Cornell Extension Bulletin 112: “Color effect a white self, veined purple. S. white, reticulated reddish lavender on claw. F. white, veined purple to clear violet on haft. Beard fine, dense white, yellow tipped at base.

“This plant is a vigorous grower and has lax, slender, glaucous blue-green leaves, tinged at base. Its flower stalks are of medium height, well-branched and freely produced. The individual blooms are compact, well rounded, and fragrant. It is an excellent white for massing or for cut flowers. Rating too low at 68.”

From The Wing Seed Co. catalog for 1925: “Very beautiful, early and free flowering. S. clear white; F. white veined violet at base. Two feet.”

Note: Sometimes confused with Mrs. George Darwin. MGD has amber haft veining with purple veining below the beard extending onto the blade. MHD has only purple veining at the hafts.