Linnaeus, pre-1759 (collected)
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Before 1900
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Lemon/Light Yellow
Common Garden Variety

Full Description

TB 27″ – 42″ M S9M

From The Wing Seed Co. catalog for 1920: “S. coppery-rose; F. rose-purple, veined darker, with orange crest; style arms old gold. Flowers with the fragrance of the Elder, from which its name is derived.”

Comment: From Phil Edinger: “This and SQUALENS rate the same comment: that they’re not distinct clones but represent two general types of color combos you get from pallida/variegata crosses and re-crosses. Dykes discusses it well in The Genus Iris where he notes that Linnaeus gave really sketchy accounts of these, lacking botanical detail, so it’s impossible to pin either name on specific clones as described by Linnaeus. In The Eupogon Iris Species In Cultivation (The Median Iris Society: 1970), it is noted that “typical” Sambucina has purple leaf bases whereas “typical” Squalens does not. Both are rather soft, pastel combinations, one more blended the other more inclined to be bicolor (soft yellow/dirty lavender), which would rule out the Kew Squalens you have on the site. But it came from Kew with the name attached! These two really deserve a Roots writeup sometime, just so people won’t think there is a “true” plant of either.”