■(TB) 'Copper Lustre'
( James Kirkland
, R. 1931). TB, Midseason bloom. . Color Code-S4L. Kirkland 1934. Honorable Mention 1935; Award of Merit 1937; American Dykes Medal 1938
. Synonym: Copper Luster.
| From Marble Iris Gardens catalog, 1957: COPPER LUSTRE (Kirk 1934). M. 40 in. Rich tones of bright copper, gold and tan nicely blended in a strong growing, hardy flower. This flower is different from all others and one of the most popular in our garden. Winner of the Dykes Medal in 1938. Each 60¢; 3 for $1.50
| Copper Lustre: (Kirkland). Have never liked it until this year. A novel color. [Belsley, Ray J., Varietal Comments. Bulletin of the American Iris Society 74 (July 1939), 16.]
| At first, I thought Copper Lustre very dull, but it grows on one, and the blossom, itself, seems to grow as long as it is open. A distinct break in color, it is a big, soft flower with a brilliant orange beard the only contrast to its solid copper. [Lila McCombs, Calif., "A Critical Evaluation of Older Iris", A.I.S. Bulletin 110 (July 1948): 56.]
| COPPER LUSTRE (Kirk, 1934) Each 50c; 3 for $1.25. Entirely different from all others, its great popularity has resulted not only from the odd and beautiful copper tone of its flowers, but also from the fact that it performs well in all sections of the country. It positively glows in its bright copper, gold, and pinkish tan blendings. Dykes Medal,1938. [Cooley's Iris catalog 1952, p. 12]
| references: Bulletin of the American Iris Society 46: frontispiece, January 1933 illustrated in black and white. Kirkland catalog 1934; 1938. A.I.S. Bulletin 60:104(Feb. 1936); A.I.S. Bulletin 66:87(Sep. 1937); A.I.S. Bulletin 71:37(Oct. 1938); Year Book, The Iris Society(Eng.) 40(1938).
| Dreer's 1949 catalog notes "Copper Lustre. 3 ft. Beautiful copper-toned flower overlaid with a golden iridescence. 60c each; 3 for $1.50; $4.75 per doz."
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