Stepping Out


  • 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

  • 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: Schreiner

INTRODUCED: 1964

CLASS: Tall Bearded

HEIGHT: 38"

BLOOM SEASON: Mid to Late

DESCRIPTION: Large white areas; sharply patterned edges of blue-black-violet.

PARENTAGE: Unknown Parentage

AWARDS: HM'65, Judges' Choice '65, Franklin Cook Cup'66, AM'67, Nelson Award '68, Dykes Medal '68

PBF: Unknown

INTERESTING INFO:
From the 1964 Schreiner's Iris Lover's Catalog: This is essentially a white Iris in both standards and fall, strikingly picoteed an unbelievably rich deep violet. The bold effect resulting carries the plicata to new heights of contrast. The snow ground color much larger in the standards than is customary has handsome, glossy sheen, while the rich pansy-violet margining has a stylish ruffling that greatly enhances the beauty of the flower. The large blooms, held aloft with regal carriage and ideal, four-way branching, create a stunningly beautiful clump. Garden visitors unsling their cameras when STEPPING OUT catches their eye. A jewel for your garden. A tall Dot & Dash contrast-wise, clearer white standards.

Webmaster Note: To this date, it is the only Iris of my original starter collection back in 1992 that I have never had to replace. Even through negligence this Iris has thrived and beaten all odds. It is no wonder why it still remains on the 100 Most Popular Iris Poll, conducted by the American Iris Society.