April 14th, 2002
Iris ‘Altruist’

Whenever an iris opens, I fall in love with it, forsaking all others.

The bearded irises have really begun blooming this week, beginning with ‘Altruist’ on April 8th, then ‘Champagne Elegance’ on April 9th, and ‘Incantation’ today.

Whenever an iris opens, I fall in love with it, forsaking all others. This week, as you can see from the gallery. I’m in love with ‘Altruist‘ .

Zanthan Gardens History

Bearded iris ‘Altruist’
First flower of 2002 and first flower this year of all the bought irises.

Monday April 5, 2004
First Flower. Iris ‘Atruist’ is also the first flower of all the bought irises.

by M Sinclair Stevens

One Response to post “Iris ‘Altruist’”

  1. From Sandi Saurers:

    What varieties of bearded iris do you recommend for the Deep South. I live in Gainesville, FL and don’t get more than 5 nights below freezing, some I’m hoping there are some iris varities that set buds with a low-chill requirement. My father was president of the Columbus, OH iris society for many years and sent me 7-8 plants from his garden, but I’ve only gotten one or two sporadic blooms in the 5 years I’ve had them. The foliage is healthy, so I’m sure it’s a matter of it not getting cold enough here in the winter for them. Could the rizomes be dug up and chilled in the refrigerator like some bulbs?

    I had no idea that irises had any chill requirements. So you’re ahead of me there. I suggest you contact the American Iris Society in the region closest to you. Region 5 includes Florida. Contact numbers and email addresses via the link. — mss