TB 48″ M S9D
From Cayeux et LeClerc catalog for 1930: “The photo figured in this catalogue do not convey a fair idea of the perfect beauty, the perfection, the amplitude, nor the opulence of colourings of ‘Vert-Galant’ which has been recommended by the Irises Commission of the Société Nationale d’Horticulture for the W.R. Dykes Memorial medal as the finest new Iris of the year (May 28th, 1929).
Strong much branched stems over 4 feet tall bearing well poised flowers. Standards coppery-fawn suffused lilac, falls round vivid garnet-red edged bronze. Wide yellow throat reticulated brown. Beard yellow. 4 ft.”
From Cooley’s Gardens catalog for 1932: “Like Damon and Pythias, Vert-Galant and Depute Nomblot are usually seen together — they are “pals inseparable.” This one is in a distinct shade of brilliant copper-red, with coppery fawn standards. In a California garden in 1930 I found one rhizome putting forth four huge stalks. Last year it was the largest and most outstanding thing in Mr. Wister’s Philadelphia garden. In the garden of Robert Schreiner in St. Paul it was likewise of stupendous size, its second similar performance there. The brilliant copper tone has extra good carrying quality, and the four-foot spikes dominate the garden. Another Dykes medal winner.
From Oakhurst Gardens catalog for 1939: “S. soft rose, F. Dahlia Carmine. Conspicuously marked at haft with yellow and brown. Oval flowers of fine smooth finish. Tall and stately. 50 in. Dykes Medal.”
Note: Beware! There is an imposter in circulation in the US under this name.