Iris ensata 'Azora'
10th July 2009
A very wonderful rich blue flower. It was rather short lived, but I haven't had it for long
and it has yet to clump up. I am tempted to conclude that the name should be 'Azure' in which case it was raised by John Childs and introduced in 1919.
The AIS Encylopedia quotes from the Gordon Ainsley nursery catalogue for 1928:
AZURE. Double. Immense flower, exquisitely waved, mauve-blue, darker halo surrounding yellow blotch at base of petals.
My plant fits the description of 'Azure' and matches pictures available online.
The American Iris Society Encyclopedia, https://wiki.irises.org