Santa Cruz

Sydney Mitchell 1925; R&I 1945
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Tall Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Orange/Deep Yellow
Mitchell SB
Available - not endangered

Full Description

TB 38″ M Y9D

From Lloyd Austin’s catalog for 1950: “A striking new type of variegata that always catches a visitor’s eye as it is so different from ordinary Iris. Standards are clear yellow; falls yellow, gaily decorated with heavy red veining. Colorful and intriguing, as may be seen from my new true-to-life photo.”

Note: “If you want a parentage, I have a surprising one for you – not the “sdlg. X sdlg.” per the Check List. Years ago, when Keith Keppel lived in Stockton, he discovered that the Mitchell breeding records and miscellaneous notes were in the archives of the library in Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco. So he went there, checked them out, and took notes.

Considerably later, in the early ’90s, we both went there armed with loads of coins, and photocopied them. Santa Cruz was a seedling he kept for many years because he liked it, and it finally got introduced because it continued to attract comment. It came from a 1925 cross: Gold Imperial X Menetrier! In fact, both SC and his Advance Guard were from diploid X tetraploid crosses made in 1925, and each was introduced many years after the fact.” – Phil Edinger

(Gold Imperial X Menetrier).