■ (TB) 'Ambassadeur'
, 1920). TB. Midseason to late bloom. Color class S9D. Vilmorin 1920.
| Journal de la Société Nationale d'Horticulture de France, 1916, 4e série, Tome XVI, p. 78; 1918, 4e série, Tome XIX, p. 89; 1922, Tome XXIII, p. 215; note: listed as introduced in 1910.
| Revue Horticole, 1918, p. 127.
| Vilmorin-Andrieux catalog: 1938, p. 6 - Note: year is 1919.
| From Memoir 100: Standards Hyssop violet dulled by the antimony yellow flush that pervades the entire center of the bloom; falls very velvety violet carmine, stalk stout, well and widely branched 40"
| SIS Bull 9: Color intensified by dark wire edge on all segements; beard conspicious, orange, brown speckled; haft white, ochore veined reverse green; falls drooping
| AMBASSADEUR: This variety, in my opinion, comes at the head of the list, having received a rating by the American Iris Society of 94 out of 96 points. It is exceedingly rich in coloring with smoky lavender standards and velvety purple maroon falls. [Robert Wayman, "Best Twenty-five Irises", The Flower Grower Oct 1925: 404. Print.]
| The 1930 Sheets catalog notes "AMBASSADEUR 92-91 (Vilmorin 1920. C., S.N.H.F. 1918, A.M., R.H.S., 1921 and 1927) E.90, G.92, 48", L. S. light smokey reddish-violet; F. almost horizontal, velvety deep red-violet; beard and style arms rich yellow. 'Morning Splendor' produces a similar but brighter ruby-red effect in mass. Well branched, very large, good form, wonderful substance. Has every good point that an iris should have. A distinct and magnificient bronze and black maroon bicolor.
Ambasciatore; Ambassador: Ambassadour; Ambassador.
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