(Dr. Wylie McLean Ayres
, R. 1931) TB. 40-inch. Midseason bloom. Color Class S9D. 'Indian Chief'
x Unknown. Honorable Mention 1936; Award of Merit 1938; Award of Merit R.H.S. 1939. Ayers 1934, Quality Gardens 1934, Schreiner 1934.
1949 Checklist, p.70 - Adds registration date of 1931, updates citations and awards, adds synonyms: Cherio (Rockmont 1940);
Additional nursery listings: Salbach 1939; Wayman 1943; Cooley 1945.
| Citations: A.I.S. Bulletin 63:63(Oct. 1936); A.I.S. Bulletin 71:37(Oct. 1938); A.I.S. Bulletin 73:67(Apr. 1939); Journal, Royal Horticultural Society 65:263(Aug 1940).
| From Schreiners Iris catalog, 1934: CHEERIO (Ayres '33). A very pleasing rosy red Iris. Flower of fine size, medium height. A distinct advance toward red, of a warm tone approach; a distinct bi-color with very red velvety falls. Instead of an undertone of purple this Iris has a pleasing warm brown undertone. Favorably mentioned in bulletin No. 49 of the American Iris Society. $25.00.
| From Carl Salbach catalog, 1939: In general effect, Cheerio is a red--one of the very reddest in existence. Actually, the standards are red, flushed dull gold. Tall and rich, and having a very smooth finish. Considered one of Dr. Ayers' best creations.
| Cheerio: (Ayres). More nearly a variegata. Falls glowing clean red—if standards were same color would be a wonder. A fine iris nevertheless. Belsley, Ray J., Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939), 16.
| This brings us to the reds. Here I would want again CHEERIO (22), as a red bicolor; CHRISTABEL (23), as a red self, and RADIANT (24), as an orange and copper bicolor. CHEERIO has most of its color in the falls, but these are very red. Wills, Jesse, (1943). Older Iris I Would Buy Again, American Iris Society Bulletin, 89 (April 1943), 16.
| Cheerio is a brilliant bicolor, with a rather small blossom. The red falls have a golden overtone and just a hint of the rosy bronze of the standards around the edge. A Critical Evaluation of Older Iris, A.I.S. Bulletin 110:55/July 1948]
| Wayman, 1943: Cheerio—40 in. Super red tone. See illustration, Page 3. 0.50c.
| Cooley's 1945: CHEERIO (Ayres, 1934). In the red class this has no peer at the same price. It is tall, vigorous, dependable, and a striking red iris in the garden. It holds the same position in this color that California Gold does amongst the yellows. Each 30c.
| See John C. Wister Collection, Scott Arboretum Archives, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College Note difference color intensity of standards between these images.
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