Salem


  • 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 the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens

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

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

ORIGINATOR: Schreiner

INTRODUCED: 1958

CLASS: Tall Bearded

HEIGHT: 35"

BLOOM SEASON: Mid to Late

DESCRIPTION: Light true-blue self.

PARENTAGE: Harbor Blue X S-AL1: (Blue Rhythm x Sylvia Murray)

AWARDS: HM'58

PBF: Unknown

INTERESTING INFO:
From the 1958 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: In the opinion of many Iris fanciers, the magnificent blues are the crowning glory of Irisdom. Here is one you will love. Appropriately named for the city of Salem - the word is said to mean "heavenly peace" it is an inexpressibly serene, limpid medium-light blue of impeccably perfect form and the limitless poise which bespeaks generations of top breeding; very much a self, even to the invisible beard and venation free haft. Just as a sense of humor may enhance a human personality without changing its basic character, so a gay, lilting ruffling adds charm and sparkle to this classically perfect Iris without disturbing its serenity. SALEM is so very blue that the last traces of violet vanish at twilight and the smooth, enameled sheen of the broad flaring falls turns to soft turquoise patina. The quiet beauty of the celestial blue Iris leaves a sensitive flower lover transfixed.