Olympic Torch


  • Photo by Carlos Ayento; taken at Brighton Park Iris

ORIGINATOR: Schreiner

INTRODUCED: 1958

CLASS: Tall Bearded

HEIGHT: 38"

BLOOM SEASON: Mid

DESCRIPTION: Light golden-bronze self.

PARENTAGE: Inca Chief X H-92-A: (Schreiner 49-46 x Watchfire)

AWARDS: HM'58, AM'60

PBF: Unknown

INTERSTING INFO: From the 1958 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: Appropriately named for the ancient Hellenic symbol which still burns in the stadium during the revived Olympic games, this dazzling novelty carries the so-called yellow blends to new heights of vividness undreamed of a few years ago. Garden visitors are simply bowled over by the exuberance of its beauty and the brilliance of its coloring. A glowing light golden-bronze of massive size, skyrocket height, and ideal branching, it possesses lavishly beautiful form with crisply cupped standards and broadly flaring falls that are delightfully ruffled. A stylish Iris with loads of personality, OLYMPIC TORCH is a true self and as such is especially valuable as a garden Iris. Even a cloudy day fails to dull its brilliance. Substance is unusually heavy and texture is as glossy as the petals of a Pansy. We are especially proud to offer this virtually fault-free Iris and are confident that it will become the pride of joy of many a discriminating gardener.