Aqua Flora SA
Fri, 17 Apr 2009 10:37:50 PDT
Dear David and List,

Let me clarify, all the plants have all their flowers open on the same
day, then about a week later they will all have their flowers open again
on the same day, this usually continues for about two months. I have
close to 200 plants of Neomarica caerulea in the nursery, it is a truly
spectacular sight when they are all open, there can easily be 1000
flowers open at one time! All of my plants are a single clone, which
I've been propagating for a number of years. My plants do set seed, but
some years there are less seed than other years.

I've found that Neomarica candida (N. gracilis?) does the same, but
usually not on the same day as N. caerulea. Hence I've not managed any
hybrids myself, but I think there is quite some potential there to
produce hybrids. Most Iridaceae apart from Iris has largely been left
neglected by the plant breeders.

Kind regards,

Pieter van der Walt
(South Africa) 

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