Cyan colored Iris?

Diane Whitehead
Wed, 17 May 2006 10:25:17 PDT
>  Iris munzii, it described their typical
>color range and then said: "..., but in cultivation they can be
>turquoise to deep sky blue."

The species, which I have not seen, is not sky blue, but its hybrids 
can be.  I have one that just opened in the garden.  The colour is 
temperature dependent.  I would not call it turquoise.  I have seen 
Strongylodon blooming and I have never seen an iris that comes close 
to that colour.

Garry Knipe of Cupertino is breeding blue Pacific Coast iris, with 
turquoise as a goal.  I visited him last week, and so far he has just 
hints of it.

Diane Whitehead  Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
maritime zone 8
cool mediterranean climate (dry summer, rainy winter - 68 cm annually)
sandy soil

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