April 14th, 2002
Iris ‘Altruist’

Description from Schreiner’s Iris Lovers Catalog 1999:

“Altruist’s cool azure shading lightens to a luminescent chalk white along the midrib and around the berd. The ruffled and fluted petals emit a soft effervescence, yet the substance is surprisingly heavy. Two branches and a spur with 8-9 buds. Tall bearded. EM Light blue fall. Light blue standard. Beard white. 1987. HM 1989,AM 1991.

Dateline: 2002
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.

Zanthan Gardens History

Monday March 19, 2000
Among my Schreiner’s order this year, one ‘Altruist’ ($7.50).

2001-04-11. Second to bloom in this row. It is not very blue, but more lavender. It is more flouncy and more open than “Mystic’s Muse’, matching the description from Schreiner’s quoted above. I brought them both to work today and their colors complement.

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

Altruist has produced some spectacular stalks, each with many flowers. As for the note above, it only seemed less heavy because it was not fully open.

One of the Altruist rhizomes had rot. Dug up five rhizomes and soaked them in a mild bleach solution, then replanted them in the front square. The one that had rot was one that already bloomed, so it should probably be thrown out. It was small and didn’t have any babies. One other was very small and three were good sized and will probably bloom next year.

Thursday April 10, 2003
First flower of 2003.

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

Tuesday August 28, 2018
Schreiner’s no longer carries this iris.

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