Lady of Shalott



Photo Courtesy of Jill Bonino

ORIGINATOR: Schreiner

INTRODUCED: 1942

CLASS: Tall Bearded

HEIGHT: 34"

BLOOM SEASON: Mid

DESCRIPTION: S. blush rose pink; F. white, edged with pink dots.

PARENTAGE: Rosy Asia x Madame Louis Aureau

AWARDS: None

PBF: Unknown

INTERSTING INFO: From the 1942 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: Variation in plicata color with markings a pleasing, dainty pink with the flair of lacy frills. It has the precise form of Seduction, but Lady of Shalott has finer form, flaring falls and rigid standards withstanding wind and rain; very stiffly substanced. A charming and delicate new color in the plicata group, the standards are more heavily flushed rose-pink, the edging on the falls is delicate with an added peppering of minute dots that is both dainty and charming. Close up the pink has a slight cinnamon cast in sun at a distance it carries as a pink plicata. A good pink plicata is needed and we feel this variety with all the fine habits of Seduction done in pink fills a long felt need. Moderate branched stalks.

Named after the poem, 'The Lady of Shalott' by Tennyson. It is thought to be loosely based on Elaine, the fair maid who was in love with Sir Lancelot of Arthurian legend, as portrayed in Sir Thomas Malory's 'Morte D'Arthur'.