Iris ensata 'Royal Pageant'
19th June 2008
New to me this year, but it has produced this amazing flower.
Raised by Walter Marx and registered in 1959, a seedling raised from a cross between 'Rose Anna' and an unknown Higo cultivar.
The Marx Gardens catalogue for 1955 says:
ROYAL PAGEANT $7.00. Our high regard for old 'Rosa Anna' as a breeder has resulted in hundreds of richly coloured seedlings with darker veining.
We selected this beauty particularly for its extra long blooming season. Among the very largest in its colour class, it is one of the first to open and surprisingly
remains in flower with the very latest varieties. Ground colour is pale mauve sharply veined deep red purple. Dark purple styles nd golden signals ass interest.
Well branched 4-foot stems each usually bear 6 flowers.
My plant is good, but it isn't the real thing.
The American Iris Society Encyclopedia, https://wiki.irises.org