Horned Iris

Iris bucharica The horn at the end of a beard was first considered a deformity but the promotion of Lloyd Austin soon inspired it as a category of Novelty Irises. He called them Space-Age Iris and included those with flutes and flounces. Today many hybridizers have worked to create unusual flowers that have consistant displays of three similar horns/flounces. Often the past flowers would only display the trait on the most vigorous flower on a stalk and then perhaps on only two falls. The trait has been greatly improved and now Space Age Iris have even won the American Dykes Medal. We are attempting to develop a list below of Irises with this trait. Please add any that have been missed by commenting in the comment box.

American Dykes Medal Winners are: Thornbird' (1997), 'Conjuration' (1998), and 'Mesmerizer' (2002) (flounces).

One of the most famous early horned irises was 'Unicorn'

Assembling a list is a huge task since there are now hundreds of horned irises. You may use the search box at left for horn and you will get over 1,000 entries. Note some are not horned but may have horn in the name of a parent like 'Matterhorn'.

 

-- Main.RPries - 2010-11-02
Topic revision: r4 - 26 Apr 2014, BobPries
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