Port Wine

Henry Sass, R&I 1950
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
White Ground Red/Pink Stitch
Standard Color:
White Ground Red/Pink Stitch
Beard Color:
GG eligible - endangered

Full Description

TB 36″ M

From Tell’s Iris Gardens 1951 “M-L Plicata done in the manner of Minnie Colquitt, but with much heavier markings. Striking HM 50.”

From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1956: “Deep wine-red standards shot with white, the falls broad and rounded with an almost solid border of wine-purple. The color is sharp and vivid – a quality missing in many plicatas with less heavy pattern. Height 3 feet.”

From Walter Marx Gardens catalog for 1956: “One of the richest and deepest colored new plicatas. Dark red border on a white ground with very little white on the standards. Flowers of oval form on 3-foot stems. Midseason.”

From Syllmar Gardens catalog for 1956: “One of the most beautiful plicatas done in wine-red and white. The falls are white with an almost solid border of wine-red. A very striking plicata.”

From Long’s Gardens 1957; “A striking plicata. Rich dark purple standards with the same color heavily bordering the white falls.”

From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1958: “The richest, most contrasty of the plicatas. Standards are wine-red and the snowy falls are broadly margined a red-purple as rich as if laid on with a brush. Port Wine is an iris of striking personality.”

(sdlg X Starless Night), HM 1950, AM 1953.