Iris - where does it sit?

James Waddick
Sat, 30 Apr 2011 11:09:59 PDT
Dear Andrew,
	It can be confusing. The beardless iris are a subgenus of the 
genus Iris. There are 16 series including Spuria, Louisiana, Pacific 
Coast etc. Some of these series have as few as one species, others 
are bigger.

	You can get an idea of where these series fit in the big 
picture by looking up this PBS page….

	 Ignore page 1, but look at P. 2 and following

	Your photo does look like 'Black Gamecock', an oldie, but 
goodie (Registered by Chowning in 1980).  Parentage is unknown, but 
it reminds me of a fulva  x giganticoerulea hybrid.

	Contray to the 'title' "Louisiana" iris, these are native 
from Missouri to the Carolinas, Texas to Florida and are very hardy. 
Although they grow best with the rhizome in water, they are dry 
summer tolerant once established.  They also include the best red 
irises in the whole genus.

	Finally check out the Society for Louisiana Iris at

		Great irises. 		Best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
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