Katrina Iris

Katrina Iris:

At the time of Hurricane Katrina in September 2005, Buddy and Peter Perino had been working on producing a new variety of the African Iris.  In the months following the storm, this new iris proved to be particularly hardy, and the Perinos eventually patented it and named the variety ‘Katrina.’  It differs from other iris varieties in that it has a higher tolerance to poorly drained soil, heat and humidity.  The Katrina Iris also sets fewer seedpods, resulting in a longer bloom season.

Buddy and Peter Perino have donated the trademark royalties for the Katrina Iris to the American Wetland Association, benefiting wetlands restoration projects.