Lee Poulsen
Wed, 10 Mar 2004 09:12:12 PST
Maybe this will be in the article that Bob eventually sends us, but I 
am hoping that someone will explain to the bulb novice who, while 
growing or admiring various irises over the years, but never having 
joined any of the Iris organizations, doesn't know what the traditional 
standard divisions or classifications are and which kinds of irises 
fall under those divisions. And secondly, but probably more important 
to me, I hope Bob, or someone else in the know, will give a brief 
synopsis of which species all the current hybrid types were derived 
from, possibly cross-correlating it with that excellent handout Bob 
sent us.

Since I have or have seen very few species Iris, what I do see and what 
gets offered the most by nurseries and mail order catalogs are these 
broad categories of Iris hybrid (?) types. The most common that I 
always see offered include: Bearded/German [with subcategories of Tall, 
Intermediate, and Dwarf?], Dutch, Siberian, Spuria, Japanese, 
Louisiana,  and less often: English or Spanish, Reticulata, Juno & 
Onocyclus hybrids, and Pacific Coast hybrids. I am not familiar with 
the artificial group called Crested Irises. I am extremely curious how 
these all tie back into the individual species or combinations of 
species that are in Bob's handout, and which Subgenus or Section (or 
combination?) each belongs to.

--Lee Poulsen
Pasadena area, California, USDA Zone 9-10

On Mar 9, 2004, at 9:13 AM, Robt R Pries (by way of Mary Sue Ittner 
<>) wrote:

> Dear All,
> Somehow I have lost the file I had developed for introducing this 
> Topic of the week so I will have to get started with a quickly cobbled 
> together version. Since I have also had problems sending it I will 
> send this as a repy to Mary Sue and see if it works
> The topic of the week is Iris;

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