TB 38″ ML
From Schreiner’s Iris Lover’s catalog for 1958: “This child of Crispette rivals Violet Harmony, the 1957 Dykes Medal winner, in immensity of size and elegance of form but possesses even heavier substance and more shapely flaring falls. In color, however, it bears little resemblance to Violet Harmony, falling instead into the curiously neglected color band between lavender and light violet variously denominated lilac, heliotrope, or amethyst, where some outstanding Iris have long been needed. Imagine an Iris the blue-lavender color of the common Lilac overlain with a soft pink sheen and you will come close to the novel coloring of this original new Iris. A truly magnificent variety of rugged constitution and classic perfection, Amethyst Flame, due to its gorgeous ruffling, abounds in highlights like a many-faceted Brazilian amethyst. A true self except for chestnut epaulets on the shoulders. If you want an Iris of grand championship caliber that will strike a new color note in your garden don’t pass up Amethyst Flame!
(Crispette X (Lavanesque x Pathfinder)), HM 1958, AM 1960, Dykes Medal 1963.
Provenance: Photo 1 taken by Laetitia Munro in Presby Iris Gardens, 2002, origin unknown.