Iris virginica 'Contraband Girl'

Rodney Barton via pbs
Tue, 10 Mar 2015 09:33:19 PDT
The SLI Check has a photo of the I. virginica. I think it was registered incorrectly in the first place. 

It grows so well in typical garden soil I've always suspected that it is really x robusta.

      From: James Waddick <>
 To: Pacific Bulb Society <> 
 Sent: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 11:21 AM
 Subject: Re: [pbs] Iris virginica 'Contraband Girl'
Dear All,

    The  name ‘Contraband Girl’ is formally registered by the AIS as BOTH a Louisiana Iris (1953) and as a form of I. virginica (1992). 

    This is obvioulsy a problem in registration. Hard to determine why the registrar accepted this name in 1992 since the name was already in use and valid.

    There is a possibility that the plant registered in 1953 was not actually a LA iris, but mis-identified by the registrant. This is hinted at in the AIS wiki entry for the I. virginica. (… <…>) If this is true, both names apply to the same variety, but the plant is actually an I. virginica selection. The 1992 registration may have been a correction to the 1953 identification.

    I wonder if the 1953 ‘LA' Iris with this name is still in commerce or gardens anywhere.         Needs some further study.         Best        Jim W.

> On Mar 10, 2015, at 10:29 AM, Sean Zera <> wrote:
> The correct 'Contraband Girl' was registered in 1953 as a Louisiana
> collected from the wild.

James Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd
Kansas City, MO 64152-2711
Phone    816-746-1949

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