Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ (Iris ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’)

Botanical name

Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’

Other names

Iris ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’


Iris Iris

Variety or Cultivar

‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ _ ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ is a compact, bulbous perennial with linear, square-sectioned, dark grey-green leaves and, in early spring, erect stems bearing violet-blue flowers with yellow-marked, spotted falls.




Erect flower stem, Clump-forming


Ingestion may cause severe discomfort.

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Violet, Spotted, Blue in Spring

Grey-green in Spring; Grey-green in Winter

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails

Specific diseases

Iris rhizome rot

General care


Remove leaves only after they have completely died down.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed

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Where to grow

Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ (Iris ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’) will reach a height of 0.15m and a spread of 0.1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, City


Grow in moist but well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soil in sun. Plant in autumn 5-10cm apart at a depth twice the height of the bulb.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Well-drained, Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Alkaline, Neutral


Full Sun


North, South, East, West


Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra’s Risk register #1

Plant name

Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ (Iris ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’)

Common pest name

Red rice root aphid; Rice root aphid

Scientific pest name

Rhopalosiphum rufiabdominalis



Current status in UK


Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

Impact (1 is very low – 5 is very high)

General biosecurity comments

Potentially significant glasshouse pest; growers should monitor for its presence. Routine aphid control should be effective in mitigating risk.

Defra’s Risk register #2

Iris histrioides ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’ (Iris ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’)

common blossom thrips; cotton bud thrips; tomato thrips

Frankliniella schultzei



Polyphagous glasshouse pest; present in many countries; single finding in UK.

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Until he meets Iris, Stanley has accommodated his disadvantage by limiting his contacts with the world, living in self-imposed isolation. ”You ask yourself,” he says at one point, ” ‘Do I have a name if I can’t write it?’ ” He has developed the wiliness of a thief in his stratagems to avoid exposure. Not until the practical, tough-skinned, frankly sexual Iris comes along does he find the nerve to face the facts.

”Stanley and Iris” demands a certain effort to suspend disbelief. One might have thought that he could have learned how to sign a reasonable facsimile of his name in all these years. Yet Iris’s education of Stanley Cox is both moving and funny. As long as the film sticks to this affirmative action (in which, of course, the teacher is also taught by her pupil), the movie works beautifully.

Miss Fonda’s increasingly rich resources as an actress are evident in abundance here. They even overcome one’s awareness that just beneath Iris’s frumpy clothes, there is a firm, perfectly molded body that has become a multi-million-dollar industry. Her Iris is believable without being a type, or a census statistic. She’s a singular woman of guts, common sense and freely acknowledged passion. She’s idealized, but within acceptable limits.

The members of the supporting cast are equally good, including Swoosie Kurtz, as Iris’s sister, Martha Plimpton and Harley Cross, as her children, and, in particular, Feodor Chaliapin, as Stanley’s father, a very old man, who, while awaiting death with impassive dignity, allows his son to cut his hair.

Warning: The movie ends badly with a sequence that is so false that it almost gives the lie to all that has preceded it. It’s not unlike a facelift that leaves the patient wearing a permanently unconvincing grin.

”Stanley and Iris,” which has been rated PG-13 (”Special Parental Guidance Suggested for Those Younger Than 13”), has some vulgar language and scenes of family discord that could upset very young children.

‘Stanley & Iris’ (PG-13)

By Desson Howe
Washington Post Staff Writer
February 09, 1990

If there are good moments in “Stanley & Iris,” a public service announcement drama in which Dick gets Jane if Dick can spell “Jane,” they have to do with Robert De Niro filling one half of the screen and Jane Fonda filling the other.

Of course, De Niro’s and Fonda’s box-office appeal is sure to have a beneficial effect on the literacy issue (an estimated 27 million Americans over age 17 are unable to read), wiping away some of the social stigma attached to adult illiterates.

De Niro, as Stanley, is one such unfortunate, an odd-jobs worker who has grown up unable to read or write, after following his traveling-salesman father around the country and sleeping his way through 50 schools. He meets Fonda’s Iris, a working-class mother and recent widow, who is stuck squirting gloop on cookies in a bakery and providing for her down-and-out family (including daughter Martha Plimpton and sister Swoosie Kurtz) but who still finds time to teach Stanley how to read — over the ironing board.

She teaches him to spell “fish,” “bird,” and those bigger words, “friendship” and “pride.”

But no one seems to have taught this “Norma Rae” reunion team (director Martin Ritt, writers Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr.) how to spell “screenplay” or “credibility.” In this choppy narrative, based superficially on “Union Street,” British author Pat Barker’s socially conscious, working-class novel set in Northern England, De Niro and Fonda are forever bumping and rebumping into each other, with great time lapses in between. They’re constantly required to catch up with each other, there at the cobbler’s, the launderette, the concert in the park or the maternity ward of a hospital.

“What are you doing here?” Fonda seems to be constantly saying, or “How’ve you been?”

As for credibility, it’s hard to understand why a smart cookie like Iris would get stuck in a bakery. (“Don’t you know this line doesn’t go anywhere?” she tells Plimpton, when her daughter shows up unexpectedly for work.) It’s also a complete mystery as to how Iris, dear working-class Iris, got those suntanned, muscular arms — a Jane Fonda workout tape, perhaps?

De Niro is about the only reason to see the movie, as he chivalrously cycles Fonda home and tells her plainly, “I’m about out of small talk”; puts his father (Feodor Chaliapin Jr., the all-purpose, ethnic gramps from “Moonstruck”) into a state home with touchingly crestfallen reluctance; or chases Fonda through the rain to the bus she’s boarding and begs her to teach him to read.

He even gets through a pedantic paragraph (a composite, case-study speech from writers Ravetch and Frank) telling us What It’s Like to Be Illiterate with his reputation intact.

But the dramatic fracturing continues unabated, with Fonda’s trouble-at-home subplot and De Niro’s relationship with his father essentially going nowhere, while the dull, static shots of cinematographer Donald McAlpine give you little reason to watch this on the big screen. Actually, McAlpine may be the movie’s smartest contributor. He alone seems to realize that this pedantic project will soon be graduating into home-video or classroom use.

Copyright The Washington Post

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