Summer iris

Tony Avent
Mon, 25 Jul 2011 13:19:23 PDT

Very interesting!

We have all of Darrell's hybrids and they are very nice, but I've never seen any seed to set on them.

Tony Avent
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-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of James Waddick
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2011 4:14 PM
To: Pacific Bulb Society
Subject: Re: [pbs] Summer iris

>You brought a question to mind.  What are the xpardancanda's called
>now?  Iris x norrisii?

Dear Tony,
        Yes these "Candy Lilies " (Iris, not lilies) are officially Iris x norrisii now since both parents have (re)joined the genus Iris.

>       This past week I was in Atlanta and saw a 6' tall bright yellow
>flowered form of I. domestica.  Have you or anyone ever seen
>yellow-flowered plants this tall?

        Wow. Who has this and can we get seed for SIGNA?

        Actually I have seen this - sort of - years ago.  When Sam Norris first introduced theses hybrids commercially, the highly esteemed (at that time) Park Seed Co introduced them. These plants made full size plants with flowers having the form of I dichotoma or I domestica as well as intermediate. Now these commercial Candy Lilies are all pretty uniform with I domestica form flowers in a limited mix of colors .
        I recall full size plants with yellow dichotma form flowers.
Also nice intermediate pinks, white, rich purple (not the typical dichotoma lavender) and more.

        In short the original or close to original F1s were much nicer than the modern mixed mutt descendants.

        I haven't grown or seen any of Darrell Probst's named xnorrissii. They are advertised as having more and larger flowers: up to 400 flowers per plant!. These don't seem to get around much and I am not certain why. Are they difficult to propagate, short lived, difficult to grow?

        At this time of year, these delicate multi-flowered Iris are a neat change of pace. Take a look at the article, too.

                        Best            Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
        Summer 100F +

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