Moraea MM 03-98

The parents   Seed parent: Moraea atropunctata   X   Pollen parent: Moraea calcicola

Moraea atropunctata, Bob Rutemoeller X Moraea calcicola, Michael Mace

The offspring

Moraea MM-03-98a (M. atropunctata × M. calcicola), Michael MaceMoraea MM-03-98a (M. atropunctata × M. calcicola), Michael MaceMoraea MM-03-98a (M. atropunctata × M. calcicola), Michael MaceMoraea MM-03-98b (M. atropunctata × M. calcicola), Michael MaceMoraea MM-03-98c (M. atropunctata × M. calcicola), Michael MaceMoraea MM-03-98d (M. atropunctata × M. calcicola), Michael Mace

MM 03-98a (first three photos) has the most freckles on the face of the flower, and nice wide tepals. It also has small purple dots on the backs of the tepals. Its pollen does not seem to be very fertile, but it sets seed fairly well. MM 03-98b (fourth photo) has almost no freckles. It's pretty good as both a pollen and seed parent. MM 03-98c (fifth photo) has fewer freckles than form A, but is a good seed and pollen parent. MM 03-98d (sixth photo) has a slightly sparser dot pattern. I probably overdid it in numbering all these minor variants.

This was one of my happiest early experiments in Moraea breeding. Moraea atropunctata has cream-colored flowers with brown spots on them. Cross it with a purple Moraea, and you turn the spots purple!

I have four variants, which have different dot patterns and flower shapes. Unlike most of my Moraea hybrids, these plants will set seeds when crossed together. So I have some F2 hybrids on the way. You can see the first one here.

These plants are vigorous and have a long blooming period.

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