■(TB) 'Thotmes III'
, R. 1950). TB, 40" (102 cm), Late bloom. Golden brown self. 'Mexico'
x sdlg 314. Cooley 1950. Honorable Mention 1951; Award of Merit 1953.
| From Cooley's Gardens catalog for 1950: "Nine years ago we introduced Tobacco Road. Since then the Kleinsorge "browns" have become known and grown the world over... deep browns, pale tans, sultry blends in many hues. This newest one is medium light in tone, a smooth self of glistening tan with a light bronze beard. It is a gigantic Iris with extra broad falls and heavy texture. 40 inches tall. The name? Well, in ancient times an Egyptian Pharaoh named THOTMES III sent an expedition into Syria to collect plants for his homeland. His men brought back, among other things, rhizomes of the Iris and to this day the inscriptions and carvings on his temple walls record this interesting bit of Iris history. Here is an Iris worthy to be named for this pioneer Iris collector!" Note: The temple mentioned is the Temple of Karnak which contains a room illustrated with plants from the pharaoh's collection.
| THOTMES III. "I would grow this iris if only for the name. The old Pharaohs have always intrigued me no end. My son did not think the color of this very exceptional, but every visitor who came into my garden this year did. It must therefore have an appeal that we didn't quite catch." Mrs. M. D. Naylor (Utah), “Varietal Comment, Comments from Region 12” The Bulletin of the American Iris Society, No. 123, (October 1951): 74.
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