Reference Library

Books, research items, catalogs, iris awards, and more.

Iris Color Classification

The 1939 checklist included a color chart listing the codes that irises had been grouped under for purposes of the classification. Almost every iris in the checklist had a color [...]

Iris Glossary

Japanese woodblock print, 1907 Amoena – White standards over colored falls. Anther – The pollen-bearing part of the stamen. Apogon – Literally, without a beard. Applied to rhizomatous irises which have no beard [...]

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 [...]

Notable Irisarians: Bertrand Farr

– A Pioneer Irisarian By Anne Lowe, Va. Bertrand H. Farr was born in mountainous Windham, Vermont on October 14, 1863. When he was five his family moved west and [...]