■ (TB) 'Aurea'
, 1830) TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class Y4M.
| Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1922, Tome XXIII, p. 217.
| From Cornell Bulletin 112: Color effect a rich yellow self. Standards empire yellow. falls empire yellow, tinting lighter along the brilliant, showy beard. A vigorous grower, with compact yellow-green foliage. The flower stalks are freely produced and of medium height, making the plant exceptional for color mass as well as for cut flowers. Its late blooms and brilliant color cause it to stand out as one of the thirty distinct sorts, even tho it is a very old variety. This bearded iris should not be confused with the apogon sort, species aurea. The bearded iris sort here described is sometimes known in the trade as 'Canary Bird'. Rating 74. Note it is very likely that this is just a color form of Iris variegata and if height information can be located it should likely be classed today as an MTB a class that did not exist at the time it was recorded.
| See also 'Aurea' on HIPS website
| Further references: Lemon 1839; Revue Horticole 214. 1839; Gardeners' Chronicle 1: 382. 1841; Watson 1854; Van H. 1869; F & P 1884; Gardeners' Chronicle 14 July 1894 The Garden 52: 364. 6 Nov. 1897% Royal T. 1906; Macoun; Farr 1912; Francis 1920: Wing 1920; Forbes 1938; Rowan 1938; Vilmorin 1938: Wass. 1938; Kat. 1939; AAA 150.; High Commendation, Royal Horticultural Society 1916; AA clix.
| From Longfield Iris Garden catalog, 1930: AUREA (Jacques, 1830). Standards and falls clear chrome yellow; falls veined faint brown; beard orange. Good for mass effect. Thirty inches. $0.25.
| From Adamgrove catalog, 1997: AUREA Jacques, 1830) Lemon yellow, barely what we'd now call a "tall" bearded. Jacques was an important gardener of his day and helped bring M. Lemon into irises. AUREA appears to be one of the few Jacques irises to survive to the present. $5.00. HC RHS 1916.
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