Iris 'Roy Elliott'

John Grimshaw
Mon, 29 Dec 2008 13:28:36 PST
When I started working for the seed company K. Sahin, Zaden B.V. in The 
Netherlands in 1999 there was an old trial bed of seedling Iris labelled "ex 
Roy Elliott" growing on the famous Sahin trial ground. These were a swarm of 
hybrids apparently derived from I. bulleyana, I. forrestii etc and many were 
very attractive, in various colours and shades. None was outstanding enough 
to be worth naming as a clone, however. I never found out if they were 
seedlings from a clone or were grown from seed derived from Roy Elliott 

At that time we used to send seed to the rock garden societies' seed 
exchanges and I recall on several occasions including Iris ex Roy Elliott in 
our donations, because I thought that there was potential there to raise 
some interesting seedlings. This is presumably the source of Jane's friend's 
seedling, which sounds lovely. Nice to know that something good came out of 
that seed!

John Grimshaw

Dr. John M. Grimshaw
Sycamore Cottage
GL53 9NP

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jane McGary" <>
To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <>
Sent: Monday, December 29, 2008 7:01 PM
Subject: [pbs] Iris 'Roy Elliott'

> Tucked in a Christmas card, a friend sent me a print of a remarkable
> iris she grew from seed from the NARGS Seed Exchange several years
> ago. She told me it was on the list as "Iris 'Roy Elliott'", no doubt
> at a time when the seed list didn't use "ex" to indicate the seed
> parent is a cultivar. 

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