Plumed Delight

Austin, R. 1954 / I. 1955
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Speckled or Broken
Beard Color:
Available - not endangered

Full Description

TB 34″ M

From Lloyd Austin’s catalog for 1958: “A bewitching yellow cream, washed and veined in greyish lilac, bordered in pale yellow. Falls beautifully rippled, stiffly horizontal, much more flaring than those of its sister seedling Unicorn. Horns are usually more pronounced, somewhat more constant. Beards are yellow and white, extend out along deep violet horns, which usually project a full half inch from the falls. A violet center line on each fall under the horn, completes the strange fascination with which this unique flower holds every observer. A very heavy bloomer,frequently producing two or three stalks from a single rhizome. No pollen, but very heavy seed setter. Often spooned. Unsurpassed as a promising parent for really new and startling creations. Be the first to get started!”

(JS-M-176B X 638); sib to Unicorn.

Plumed Delight

The Plumed Delight is named a-right!
This sib to Unicorn
Is more bizarre with perfect flare;
Much gayer plumes adorn…
These violet plumes make fairy brooms
To brush the mists of morn.
Creamed yellow stained and lilac veined
Waved standard domes excite;
The lilac scheme dots falls of cream;
The beards are gold and white.
Horns, like a lark’s, have violet marks
Enhancing Plumed Delight.

– George Nicholas Rees