These huge blooms are simply breathtaking, with petals so perfectly, deeply ruffled they look as though they were done by hand! No other Tall Bearded can touch Sea Power for ruffles. And they are fragrant, their strong, sweet smell apparent even in small numbers in the vase. Sea Power is what is called a "self" Iris, meaning that its standards (upper petals) and falls (lower petals) are the same color. They stand tall on 38-inch-high plants, and make excellent cuts for the bouquet.
Sea Power was introduced by noted Iris breeder Keith Keppel in 1999, and immediately began to rack up the honors. It started with a "modest" Honorable Mention from the American Iris Society in 2001. This was followed by the Society's top award -- the Award of Merit -- in 2003. Then it took the Wister in 2005 and, best of all, the Dykes Medal in 2006. Iris experts have no greater gifts to bestow on a variety!
Sea Power comes by its beauty honestly: it is the offspring of Irises Yaquina Blue x Jazz Me Blue. Yaquina Blue has won top honors as well, and gives Sea Power its rich color. From Jazz Me Blue come the ruffles!
Like all Tall Beardeds, Sea Power appears in late spring or early summer, depending on how far north you are and how sunny your weather is. It loves full sunshine everywhere but the deep South, and once established, it's quite drought tolerant. Deer and rabbits and other nibbling creatures leave it alone, and it's quite trouble-free, asking only to be divided into new plants every few years to keep the bloom strength up.
The Tall Beardeds make wonderful companions to Daylilies in the border, usually beating them into bloom by just a few weeks, and often overlapping delightfully. You will admire this lovely cultivar for many years to come! Zones 3-8.