From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1932: “A genuine novelty. “Indeed, it is one of the most stunning in color have seen this year – or any year. It was so lovely we returned to it several times, going the following day to see it in its home garden, where it stood out among hundreds of seedlings. It is tall, the bloom well placed on a nice stalk. A self color of light ochraceo(u)s salmon, which should intrigue one in planning for color in the garden.” – Mrs. Hires, in A.I.S. Bulletin for July, 1930. A seedling raised by T.A. Washington of Nashville, and introduced by Mrs. Thos. (Elizabeth Noble) Nesmith of Lowell, Mass.”
From The Longfield Iris Farm catalog for 1936: “A very beautiful and unusual Iris. S. light ochraceous salmon; F. same shade overlaid Pompeian Red. Garden effect orange salmon. Very floriferous and vigorous. 38 inches.”
From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1937: “In the forefront of American introductions during the past two or three seasons, and for that matter, one of the finest and most distinct irises of all time. The color is light ochraceous salmon, the falls stained deeper. In our garden it has always exhibited 4-way branching habit, and is one of our longest lasting varieties. Very little stock available anywhere in the country.”
From Carl Salbach’s catalog for 1939: “Considered by many to be the most fascinating of all the soft blends because of its unusual coloring – a blending of lovely soft tones that approches salmon pink. A Dykes Medal winner. Best described as a lighter, taller King Midas. Standards of light bronze with just a suggestion of flesh color. Falls coral rose with yellow haft, lined bronze. Medium in size, but nevertheless a most appealing variety. Stock limited. Mid-season. 36-inch.”
HM 1930, AM AIS & RHS 1933, Dykes Medal 1936.
Note: One of the few American irises of its time to covet an RHS award.
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