Queen Caterina

Grace Sturtevant 1918
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Orange/Deep Yellow
Available - not endangered

Full Description

TB 34″ M

From Cornell Extension Bulletin 112: “Color effect a large iridescent, pale lavender-violet veined self. S. pale amparo purple, reticulated brownish on the yellowish claw. F. pale amparo purple to pale lavender-violet, veined olive-brown on the slightly bronze-tinged outer haft.

The brilliant, dense, yellow-orange beard projects conspicuously. The plant grows vigorously and produces stiff, broad, green foliage which persists in winter. The flowering stalks are exceptionally tall and widely branched, carrying the large, fragrant blooms in a stately manner. Its delicate coloring, fine size, and form make it excellent as a cut flower and a specimen plant. Rating 90.”

From Rainbow Gardens catalog for 1925: “Pale lavender-violet self with a white haft veined with bronze and a rich orange beard. 3 to 4 feet.”

From J.C. Nicholls Irises catalog for 1928: “A large pale lavender self, of very even color. It has a sparkling iridescent sheen, and is one of our most beautiful and popular Irises. Splendid texture and shape, vigorous growing and blooms freely. Well branched. Greatly admired by many.”

From Indian Springs Farms catalog for 1931: “One of the truly great Irises. Beautiful shade of pale lavender-violet, with iridescent sheen and veinings of brown. 36 inches.”

From Stumpp & Walters, Newark NJ 1933:  “Pale lavender violet standards and falls and brilliant orange beard. Under certain lightsd appears pink”.

(Queen of May X Caterina), FCC MHS 1915.