Candy Lilies Iris x norrisii - 2

Jim McKenney
Tue, 22 Dec 2009 06:16:07 PST
Jim Waddick wrote: “First, the white dichotoma is gorgeous, but I suspect it
is an x norrisii from the larger size of the flower and all its parts and it
seems to have a strong/heavier substance to the petals. A pity you  lost it.
It also reminds me of the x norrisii of old.”


If Dennis has a good memory , there might be a simple resolution to this.
The seeds of Iris dichotoma do not resemble those of the Iris x norrisii (at
least I. x norrisii as I’ve  known it). All the lots of seeds of I. x
norrissii I’ve seen resemble blackberry lily seeds: shiny, black spheres. 


I realize that my understanding of this is based on an extremely small
sample. So I’ll posit another question: are the seeds of I. x norrisii
always shiny black spheres, or do they sometimes resemble those of the
vesper iris parent? 


When Jim Waddick talks about the x norrisii of old, that prompts another
question. Did those plants come from Norris (or an associate ) or did they
come from commercial sources? What I’ve noticed is that run-of-the-mill
commercial candy lilies seem to resemble the blackberry lily parent more
than the vesper iris parent. Yet the candy lilies shown in the links Jim
Waddick provided resemble the Iris dichotoma parent strongly. It’s to be
expected that as a hybrid group is developed some of the future generations
will show blended characteristics, and others will come to resemble one
parent or the other more closely. Breeders selecting only for the bright
colors of the blackberry lilies will likely end up with plants which overall
resemble the blackberry lilies, while those selecting only for the subdued
colors of the vesper iris will end up with plants resembling the vesper


If this is a problem for anyone, the simple solution is to raise your own
plants from parents you like. These plants are quick and easy from seed.  


One other thing: surely, Jim, you were exaggerating when you wrote that the
new hybrids can have five times as many flowers as Iris dichotoma. Using
your numbers, that would mean that some of these plants produce up to 500
flowers per plant per season. I would like very much to have such a plant!  


Jim McKenney

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