Cyan colored Iris?

Jane McGary
Wed, 17 May 2006 12:12:14 PDT
Did Lee, or other people interested in this flower color in irises, see the 
article published in the Rock Garden Quarterly 62(4) (Fall 2004) by Alan 
McMurtrie? Some of his Reticulata hybrids appear to have this color in 
parts of the flower.

Jane McGary

At 09:50 AM 5/17/2006 -0700, you wrote:
>As a few of you know, I've been accumulating a (very small) list of
>those plants (not just geophytes) that have flowers whose color falls
>in the cyan range of the spectrum. Other names for colors in this range
>are teal, aqua, aquamarine, blue-green, turquoise. It is a very
>striking color to see in a flower and the South Africans have two bulbs
>that appear on this list: Lachenalia viridiflora and Ixia viridiflora.
>A couple of other plants whose flowers are this color and look almost
>unreal are the Chilean bromeliad Puya alpestris and the tropical vine
>Strongylodon macrobotrys.
>I was slowly thumbing through that new Iris book I mentioned a little
>while ago, and in the chapter on Pacific Coast Hybrids, in the
>description for the species Iris munzii, it described their typical
>color range and then said: "..., but in cultivation they can be
>turquoise to deep sky blue." These two colors are often what some
>people will use when trying to describe the color cyan. So my
>cyan-flower alert went off, and I decided to ask this knowledgeable
>group if they have seen these flowers and if what the author is
>describing here might be a cyan colored Iris? Does anyone have photos
>of it or know where there might be photos of this on the web? Is it
>cyan enough to include in the cyan-colored-flower list?
>--Lee Poulsen
>Pasadena, California, USDA Zone 10a
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