Burgundy red self with prominent white anthers. Registered height 36-38 inches. Early season. UNKNOWN X UNKNOWN
Every iris has a story. Joe Musacchia had culled a bunch of seedlings before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita went through his backyard, disrupting the pipeline of his hybridization program. Joe sent a box of the discards North, back in the early days of Louisiana Iris Gardens, while I was still figuring out how to grow them. This iris survived my early efforts and emerged for the first time in 2009. It was a striking red beacon amongst the assorted blues and whites it had accompanied. Its vigorous habit and brilliant color earned it its own spot in the garden, where we evaluated it yearly. While it possesses what we would consider an "older form" the combination of white anthers against the deep red (think peppermint candy), this is a hearty addition to the Louisiana iris collection, performing well in both the North and South. And to think it was almost forgotten...