I have very little on 'Coronation', except that I received it once under
this name, and other people who have Iris under this name seem to have the same
The registration is very brief, with no good description. From the 1939 AIS
CORONATION. TB-M-Y4D (Moore
Translates to midseason dark yellow self.
The rest is citations with no real information.
While I would hardly call it dark yellow, it would have been considered
rather dark and bright in 1927.
In my garden it usually barely makes TB height (but gets taller in better
conditions). The flower is rather small, and most years it tends to flower
with the later TB's, old diploid "IB's", and MTB's (this year it was my
last bearded Iris with a flower by three days). However, last year it
flowered with the first TB's (go figure). Has a long bloom season.
It is rather similar in stature to most true I. x germanica clones, 'Albican's,
etc., but isn't in that group and blooms way later. I suspect that it is a
diploid based on the way it looks and behaves. Don't think I've ever seen
a fruit on it, but I've never tried to pollinate it either. Most of the
old diploids set fruit rather freely on their own here. It seems to be
really common as a hand-me-down, but never gets mentioned in the
literature. Can't remember ever seeing it rebloom.
Another common hand-me-down that looks a bit similar is 'Golden Cataract'
IB-E,M,La,Re-Y4D ((Met.-Dys. 1936). Sort of covers the gambit in the
bloom season, but it is really early with an occasional rebloom. It
took me something like 5 years of concerted effort (and some help from people on
the Iris chat groups) to identify. It is often misidentified and sold as
'Berkeley Gold'. It looks somewhat similar, but is a bit darker and
brighter, blooms early with the IB's and I. x germanicas (in fact it looks like
a yellow germanica in all details). 'Golden Cataract' is registered as an
IB, but it is the same size, and often reaches TB height.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2006 4:53
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] HIST:
This looks like an iris that my Mom has in her garden that is a
NOID. Can you tell me the hybridizer and year on it? I searched
the web, but found nothing. Thanks much