Margie, GRACCHUS is nearly if not entirely pure *I.
variegata* in makeup. The species clones are quite short, actually almost
the size of SDB's and occasionally into the BB range.
In the *pallida* and *variegata* hybrids, the
pallida height tends to dominate. A few such as NO-WE-TA and its offspring
PINK RUFFLES are very short TB's if not BB's at best. I'm growing a
slightly bitoned blue unknown with *variegata* style branching and height,
smaller and shorter than PINK RUFFLES. I found this long after bloom
season in the yard belonging to one of my wife's sons.
I saw the spent bloomstalk (I'm always on the
lookout for short diploids) and asked Mike if I could have a start. When
later than afternoon some four years ago as we were preparing to leave, he
handed me a sack. I think he must have dug most of the clump. The
lovely little thing has thrived here. It is the first short blue
diploid I have run across.
The point being--short stature is normal to
diploids heavy to *variegata* ancestry--and to many of the variant forms of
*pallida* as well.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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