TB 27″ M W3
From Cornell Extension Bulletin June 1925: “Color effect a white-flecked brilliant purple bicolor. S. white-flecked dark purple. F. Velvety mulberry to blackish purple veined the same on the lighter base of the blade. Beard yellow.”
According to Clarence Mahan’s book Classic Irises, the original name for this iris is Victoire Lémon, after M. Lémon’s mother, and was grown in France under that name (though since lost). It has also been in commerce under the names Duchess of Buccleuch, Elegans, Gladstone, Vidonne, Victor Lémon, and Victorine Lémon.
From The Wing Seed Co. catalog for 1920: “A beautiful and distinct Iris, very scarce. S. snow-white oddly flecked deep velvety violet, strongly tigered at the base; style arms snow-white; F. deep velvety violet of beautiful texture with an irregular border of white Candelabrum-shaped flower formed of long divisions. Twenty-seven inches.”
From the Biltmore Nursery catalog for 1912: “This variety, most beautiful and rare, is loved by connoisseurs because of the attractive, yet unusual, contrast of colors that it presents. The upright petals of white are mottled with blue, and the falls are deep blue mottled with white. All the beauty of the rare orchids is reflected in this showy Iris.”