Linda, regarding the question of "red" about
Lycopene, I enclose the following to illustrate what I have said on Iris-talk in
response to the companion thread to this one.
This seedling is from Lotus
Land X (P 1-9:Swingtown x Romantic Evening), and is numbered
This seedling, with its missing
standard, displays a very red beard simply because it contains both Lycopene as
intensely as a beard can, and a slight influence of violet pigment, showing in
the fall just at the edge of the beard, cooling the "hot" color of Lycopene to
something very close to spectrum red in the same manner as suggested by Don
The blue beard of Swingtown is expressed
intensely in P 1-9 (a sib to POWER WOMAN) and carries over into this
seedling in a delicate tone.
The array of sibs is fascinating, the
majority having a red-violet tone, some rather rough, one a quite good flower,
although the form is a little out of date. Then there is one seedling with
disasterously awful form, but utterly fascinating color. The standards are
light violet with a rim of rose (the result of orange-pink or warm yellow
banding of the standard), and the falls are red violet with
a blue beard. Not only is the flower laced, but it just glows with
color. If only! That form is ugly and ruins the effect.
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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