TB 35″ M Y4M
From the Stevens Bros. catalog for 1952-53: “Many years ago we set out to raise an iris with standards of purest white and falls of gold, being moved thereto by our pleasure in this fresh and lovely combination. Little by little as the years went by we have seen these colours developing amoungst our seedlings until in November of 1944, there unfolded this flower, which by reason of its snow white standards rising from the primrose falls we have named Pinnacle. It is not the white and gold of our original ambition – which we have called Summit – and is a very different combination. Pinnacle is large and beautifully formed and with excellent substance, and the plant has ideal growth habit. Fresh, cool, flawless in its purity of colouring and absolutely unique, this iris has won the awards of the American Iris Society of the Honorable Mention in 1949, and then the Award of Merit in 1951, with a record number of the judges’ votes, and has become world famous.”
(Magnolia X (Lagos x (Gudrun x (Lady Morvyth x Rangatira))), HM 1949 AM 1951.
Note: Due to a ruling by the BIS that New Zealand and Australian varieties were not eligible for the American Dykes Medal, Pinnacle, the top scoring AM award winner of 1951, was not eligible for its well deserved DM that year. Had it been in the running there is little doubt it would have taken the top prize.