TB M S4D
From the Cornell Extension Bulletin 112, 1925: “Color effect a bronzed lilac and purple blend. S. livid purple bronzing aniline yellow. F. raisin purple bronzed, fading to light phlox purple.
The beard is dense and conspicuous, shading from old gold to orange at the base. Colors in this variety seem to be intensified or blended as seasons or physical conditions change. The flower is open in form, with long, narrow segments which are very subtly blended. The flowering stalks are tall, sometimes sprawling, but widely branched and well set, with clawlike blooms. Distinct. Rating 78.”
From The Wing Seed Co. catalog for 1920: “Coloring unique and distinct resulting from a mingling of yellowish-bronze and violet. S. yellowish-bronze shaded violet; F. violet touched with yellowish-bronze, haft strongly striped with brown; style arms golden-yellow and violet, beard bright yellow. Divisions all narrow and very long.”
From Rainbow Gardens catalog for 1925: “S. yellowish-bronze shaded beautifully with heliotrope; F. bright violet-purple, center of flower golden yellow. A rich color combination.”
Provenance: Images nos 1,4 from Laetitia Munro garden, Newfoundland NJ, circa 2002, stock from Presby Iris Garden, where this iris is a long term resident.
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