Genevieve Serouge


  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

ORIGINATOR: Ferdinand Cayeux

INTRODUCED: 1932

CLASS: Tall Bearded

HEIGHT: 42"

BLOOM SEASON: Mid

DESCRIPTION: S. tawny yellow, crinkled; F. lilac, lightly edged tawny yellow, heavy dark gold infusion at hafts with brown veining near sides of beards; rich golden beards.

PARENTAGE: Iceberg X Évolution

AWARDS: Certificate of Merit S.N.H.F 1931

PBF: Unknown

INTERESTING INFO:
From the 1934 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: K.V. Ayres is a very soft yellow lavender pink and soft bluff blend. Another is Genevieve Serouge, a soft tan and lavender blue blend; both are very soft blends. Perhaps a bit too soft to carry in the garden, but unexcelled as a cut flower.

From the 1936 Robert Wayman Iris Catalog: A magnificent new French introduction that was given a Special Award by the Paris Iris Commission. It is a blending of soft pastel shades. S—yellow, flushed soft blue; F—soft lilac, blended with flax blue and edged sulphur.

From the 1936 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: Genevieve Serouge is a soft pastel blend of honey-yellow and misty blue. It is large and of an oddly crinkled texture.

From the 1938(?) John Scheepers' Tall Bearded Iris Catalog: Given a Special Award by the Iris Commission of the National Horticultural Society of France. A magnificent new Iris of French origin, in an exquisite blending of soft pastel shades. S—domed, beautifully frilled, clear soft olive-buff; F—soft lilac, blended with flax-blue, bordered the color the standards. Flowers of huge size and superb form.

From the 1939 René Cayeux Iris Catalog: S. a blending of very soft tawny yellow. F. soft clear lilac blended flax blue edged sulphur yellow, wide ochre throat. Strong well-branched stems 3½ feet. A medley in soft tones of great charm.

From the 1940 Iris City Garden Catalog: Tawny yellow, blue and lilac blend.

From the 1940 Robert Wayman Iris Catalog: Given a special award by the National Horticultural Society of France for the best new Irises of the year. A glorious new Iris of French origin in an exquisite blending of soft pastel shades. A flower that is impossible to describe or illustrate, but the following inadequate attempt at description may give some slight idea of its great beauty. The perfectly domed and beautifully frilled standards are mainly clear, soft olive buff. The falls are soft lilac, blended with flax-blue, bordered the color of standards. The flowers are of huge size and perfect form. A five star variety now offered for the first time at a modest price.