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■(TB) 'Tobacco Road'

1941, Kleinsorge

'Tobacco Road' (Rudolph E. Kleinsorge, R. 1941) TB, 34", Midseason bloom. Color Class S4M. Golden tobacco brown self; Standards upright; falls broad and horizontal. fragrant. (('Aztec Copper' x yellow seedling: ('Far West' x 'Jean Cayeux')). Kleinsorge 1941. Honorable Mention 1944; Award of Merit 1946; AIS Board of Directors Award.

1949 Checklist citations: Bull. A.I.S. 94:4 August 1944;

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When this iris first opened in Dr. Kleinsorge's garden, it was so different, so remarkable in both color and form, that we lost all interest in the many other splendid seedlings in the same garden. But the sad part of the story was the fact that there was just one fan of increase! Since then we have looked forward to the day when we could propagate enough rhizomes to show it in our catalog and offer it to a waiting iris public. That day has arrived — now. You have seen or read about brown irises before. Many of them are basically deep crimson purple, or dirty lifeless blends. Some of them are fine irises, such as Louvois, or Brown Thrasher. But these are on the very dark side. TOBACCO ROAD is a golden tobacco brown, the color plate above being very true to the actual color. Standards are upright and almost closed, with heavy mid-ribs. The falls are broad, very wide at the center and held stiffly horizontal. Height three feet or possibly a little less, with very good branching. Flowers are large to very large, but not gigantic. This unique iris does not have a single weak point and we recommend it with all the enthusiasm we can muster. Cooley's Gardens, 1942.
'Tobacco Road', from Dr. Kleinsorge, 1942, is remembered as an iris which was welcomed into our garden with more than the usual fanfare. Judged by present day standards, it is unlikely this iris would be the cause of much excitement, but not too many years ago, it represented definite progress in its color class. Mrs. J. R. Hamblen, "Drama of Progress", A.I.S. Bulletin 161 (April 1961): 10.
For an excellent article of 'Tobacco Road' refer to: Harder, Larry L. (1976). Notes from Your Historical Committee, Perspective, American Iris Society Bulletin 221 (April 1976):20.

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