Jean Cayeux

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

ORIGINATOR: Ferdinand Cayeux


CLASS: Tall Bearded


BLOOM SEASON: Midseason Late

DESCRIPTION: Havana brown self, gold infusion at hafts, light blue blaze beneath beard; gold beards.

PARENTAGE: Phryné X (Bruno x Évolution)

AWARDS: Certificate of Merit S.N.H.F. 1939, French Dykes Medal 1931, AIS Award of Merit 1936

PBF: Unknown

From the 1935 Carl Salbach Iris Catalog: Beautiful blending of Havana or coffee brown, with golden glint. Considered one of the very finest iris ever imported from France.

From the 1939 René Cayeux Iris Catalog: A most distinct and unusual coloured Iris of an uniform self tone effect “café au lait” or clear Havana tone with a golden shine lighting this strange new colours. Flowers of good size and fin form with flaring falls. Strong branched spike 3 feet.

From the 1940 Maple Valley Iris Gardens Catalog: A genteel and altogether charming flower of soft warm buff or honey yellow sprinkled with gold dust. A blaze of blue in each fall gives distinction and pleasing personality. It has been for several years one of the best sells in the garden and now is very moderate in price. The plants are strong and have good growing and blooming habits.

From the 1941 Over-the-Garden-Wall Catalog: In '31, France recognized the new true beauty of this light coppery brown self and awarded it their Dykes Medal. We still recommend this as the loveliest of this tone with its graceful form of full flaring falls and open slightly ruffled standards.