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(TB) 'Desert Gold'

1929, Kirkland

'Desert Gold' (James Kirkland, R. 1929) TB. Early bloom season. Color Class-Y4L. Honorable Mention A.I.S. 1931; Award of Merit A.I.S. 1932. Kirkland 1929.

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Peckham on 'Desert Gold' in 1932 AIS Bulletin
DESERT GOLD. A very early, very large, and extremely fine addition to our growing list of yellow sorts. DESERT GOLD is not a deep yellow, nor is it a pale yellow comparable to anything we now have in this class. Standards are large and domed, pure light yellow. Falls are extra broad, flare widely, and are a very light yellow, but the central portion is of an unusually brilliant chrome, with a heavy, deep yellow beard, and this makes for an effect not present in any other yellow. DESERT GOLD was one of the finest new irises seen on my trip this past season, and while it is not the best yellow, it certainly is deserving of a position among the best new introductions. Nothing else like it. Each $10.00; three for $24.00. Cooley's Wholesale pricelist, 1932.
From Carl Salbach catalog 1936: Desert Gold. A fine yellow with smooth finish and perfect form, and most pleasing luminous coloring. A light yellow deepening towards the center of the flower. Good size, well branched, and of unusual substance. Comes into bloom just as the intermediates, such as Gaynelle, Crysoro, Soledad, etc., are fading bridging a gap before the fine new Mitchell yellows reach their zenith of bloom . Ealy. AM, A. I. S., 1932. 28-inch. 75c; 3 for $2.00.

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