Martin Kohankie, 1915
Iris Class:
Bearded Class:
Intermediate Bearded
Fall Color:
Standard Color:
Beard Color:
Lemon/Light Yellow
Available - not endangered

Full Description

IB* 24″ M Y4D

From Dreer’s catalog for 1918: “In this grand novelty we have what has long been wanted: a good vigorous growing, free-flowering, golden yellow German Iris. The few yellow sorts now in commerce being deficient in these important characteristics. This novelty was discovered in a plantation of the variety Honorabile, and whether it is a chance seedling or a sport of that vigorous growing, free flowering sort has not been established. The plants grow about two feet high; the flowers which are produced in lavish profusion are of splendid texture and stand well above the foliage and are of a rich golden yellow without markings or shadings.”

From The Wing Seed Co. catalog for 1920: “New splendid golden-yellow flowers without shading or markings. Strong, vigorous plants about 2 feet high. Flowers of good texture and lavishly produced.”

From Rainbow Gardens catalog for 1925: “S. and F. golden yellow; vigorous grower, free flowering. This with Aurea, Mrs. Neubronner, Shekinah, Sunshine, and Virginia Moore, are the different self-colored yellows.”

From Bonnewitz Irises catalog for 1926: “S. and F. golden yellow. Vigorous and free flowering. It is in a class with Aurea and the Iris world is anxious to find a new Iris which has the excellent color of these two varieties and which is also taller and larger.”

From Indian Springs Farm catalog for 1931: “A free flowering and vigorous Iris of bright, golden yellow.”

Notes: *Classified as an MTB by today’s standards.

For information on this family of Honorabile sports, and other Historic irises with erratic descendants, please refer to Jean Witt’s article Notes on Honorabile in our Library under Irises of Note.

See also Brown’s Mutant, Honorabile, Joseph’s Coat Katkamier, Kaleidoscope, and Sans Souci.