, 1936). TB. Midseason bloom. Color Class-S9M. Light maroon to old wine backlit with yellow; beards bright orange; slight fragrance. 'Hélios'
. Salbach 1936.
| From Carl Salbach catalog 1936: Lighthouse (Salbach 1936). A fine bold iris given its name because the whole center of the flower lights up as if there were an electric light bulb hidden among tho style branches. Standards old rose (Ridgway) except for the gold that lights the whole bottom-central portion of the standards. The "lighthouse" effect is increased by the gold of the beard and style branches. Falls slightly redder than the standards, being rose-red (Eugenia red by Ridgway). Unquestionably bound for real popularity due to its entrancing contrast of colors. Decidedly distinct, very showy,and the color combination is exquisite. Large, well branched, and with standards well domed. Falls flaring and substance heavy . Ranks with Radiant, Neon, Brunhilde, and Dark Knight as one of the very finest Carl Balbach iris creations. Stock limited, not more than one to a customer. Late blooming. 36-inch. $15.00.
| From Milliken Iris Gardens catalog, 1940: LIGHTHOUSE (Salbach) A very showy, bold iris with standards of old rose and falls of copper-red. The base of the standards and the styles are golden and this, together with the golden beard, light up the center of the flower and suggest the name. A late blooming, hardy iris having large semi-flaring flowers on strong stems. 3 feet. $3.50.
| In the deeper tones of rose, I would want LIGHTHOUSE (20), which is still one of the best iris regardless of price; and as a still deeper rose, I have always liked 'MONADNOCK' (21). These two are not fast increasers, and are a little late, but both have fine bloom every year on good, well-branched stalks. Wills, Jesse, (1943). Older Iris I Would Buy Again, American Iris Society Bulletin, 89 (April 1943), 15-16.
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