Iris History

Discover how irises developed, from ancient Egypt to today.

A Little Iris History

Notes on varieties grown between 1900-1920 by John C. Wister First President, American Iris Society July 24, 2015  Articles  Posted by HIPS Comments Offon A Little Iris History Up to about [...]

AIS Dykes Medal Winners

All varieties are linked to the AIS wiki – the wiki page will open in new window. Close it to return here. Year      Variety Name Hybridizer, Year 1927 San Francisco [...]

Article: 1929 Checklist – Introduction

Alphabetical Iris Check List 1929 To The Unnamed INTRODUCTION RHS color chart for 1929 In 1922 AND 1923 the American Iris Society published abbreviated check lists (Bulletins 4 and 8) [...]

Award Winning Siberians 1920-1961

A Starting Place by Anne Lowe, VA The 1991 National Convention showed us more than a few Siberian Irises in bloom, many of which were gen-u-ine antiques. Since several of [...]

Carl Salbach: Popular Iris in 1930

Popular Iris 75 Years Ago Carl Salbach, one of the great iris hybridizers of the early part of the 20th century, wrote an article for Better Homes and Gardens June [...]

Irises of note: Alcazar

Alcazar – by Joan Cooper Alcazar is a historic tall bearded iris. It was hybridized by Phillippe de Vilmorin in Paris, France. It first bloomed in 1905, it was registered [...]

Irises of note: Autumn Twilight

Autumn Twilight, (G. Percy Brown 1945) by Mike Lowe, VA Irisarians have raised questions concerning Autumn Twilight’s description and dating since its listing in Lloyd Austin’s catalog. During the 40s, 50s [...]

Irises of Note: Debby Rairdon

Debby Rairdon – Mrs. Kuntz’s Prize-Winning Variety – by J.D.Foraker Talk about beginner’s luck. On her first attempt at breeding iris, Lois Kuntz created the Debby Rairdon variety which later won the [...]

Irises of Note: Snow Flurry

– Excerpted from Irises by Harry Randall, Taplinger Publishing Co. Inc., NY, 1969 This was raised by a Californian lady, Clara Rees, who, with quite a modest collection, began to hybridize irises [...]

Irises of Note: Tobacco Road

– From Bulletin of AIS, April 1976   The “old guard” AIS members will have grown it or at least seen it flowering. But so widely was it used in [...]