Moraea hybrids
Sat, 13 Mar 2010 14:48:23 PST
Nice hybrid, wonder if it will be fertile?  If some Moraea hybrids are fertile, it opens up a whole new endeavor, maybe one could develop a variable hybrid strain like has been done with Sparaxis.  
Ernie DeMarie
Tuckahoe NY z6/7
where the wind is howling and sheets of rain falling, and our side door blew open and the top glass window in it shattered into a bijillion pieces an hour ago.  Yet the aconites, snowdrops, and early crocus are already up, awaiting the end of this storm to strut their stuff (they may be waiting for a while...)

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Mace <>
Sent: Sat, Mar 13, 2010 4:53 pm
Subject: [pbs] Moraea hybrids

A few years ago I started playing around with cross-breeding some Moraeas.
ome of the crosses were failures.  (For example, M. polystachya is so
elf-fertile that I just bred more of the same.  I'll try putting tinfoil
ats on the flowers next.)
But in the meantime, my first successful Moraea hybrids have just started to
The most interesting is M. atropunctata x M. calcicola.  The seed parent
atropunctata) gives the flower freckles, but M. calcicola turns those
reckles purple.  It's kind of cool.
You can see photos of them here:…

an Jose, CA (where it looks bright and sunny, but the wind feels like the
nside of a refrigerator)
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