Pink Opal

Jacob Sass, 1933/1934
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Sass J
Available - not endangered

Full Description

TB 48″ MLa R1L

From Robert Wayman’s Rare Iris and Peonies 1936: “A sister seedling of Pink Satin and a very fine,tall,large uniform pink tone.”

From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1938: “A sister seedling of Pink Satin, of much greater size and half again as tall. The blossoms are lilac-pink, self colored, and abundantly produced, although the tall stems are short branched. However, the blooms appear all along the stalks, so that the lack of branches is not apparent in the garden picture. Very beautiful, and a bargain at the price.”

From Linwood Iris Gardens 1936 – “An outstanding Sass iris of recent introduction, being a sister seedling of the renowned Pink Satin, and very beautiful. Extra tall and exceptionally robust. With large round blossoms of smooth uniform pink.” .25 each.”

From Carl Salbach iris catalog for 1939: “Tallest of the lavender pinks. Individually this variety has the technical fault in that its attractive blooms tend to bunch together near the top of the stalk. Actually, this is a distinct asset, as far as clump plantings are concerned, as it present a solid mass of color. Lavender-pink, not as deep as that of Dogrose, but its color is on par with that of others of this type. Blooms large. Mid-season. 48-inch.”

From Oakhurst Gardens catalog for 1939: “A large, tall, orchid-like self of rounded form on tall, short branched stems. 40 in.”

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1944: “An ethereal, opulent light orchid pink. Easily one of the tallest pink iris. Large, easy to grow, a splendid massing variety.”

From Walter Marx’s Gardens catalog for 1948: “Very nice tall orchid pink very similar to Ethelyn Dubuar but of greater height and different form.”

Note: See Pink Satin, Pink Opal’s full sister. Both were from the same crop of seedlings, same parents. Pink Satin was the ‘preferred’ seedling by the hybridizer Sass, but Pink Opal was the people’s choice and was introduced a few years after her sister.