This has been sent to both Iris-Species and Iris-Photos.
I have gone a few months without checking the Iris-Photos archive.
This morning I was interested to find an entry labeled I.
variegata reginae. Three beautiful photos of a
charming iris were posted by Loic Tasquier. He said that he had
received the plant from Chuck Chapman of Canada. He included a very
interesting list of the several MTB cultivars that list reginae as a
I grow a quite different clone as I. variegata reginae. It
is much narrower and 'wild' looking. I purchased it from Terry
Varner. My question is whether these could be two different clones
of the species or whether one of them must be something else.
Some of the MTBs in Mr. Tasquier's list were from the lines of Terry
Varner, so I imagine that the narrow clone is the iris used in those
crosses. If two such different clones are really both reginae, it
seems to me that they should be identified by clone when they are used in
hybridizing. Bob Pries has long advocated that clones of a species that
are offered commercially or used as parents of hybrids should be named and
registered. This case may provide a good example to support his
The first picture is the plant that I obtained from Terry Varner. The
second is Loic Tasquier's photo of the plant he got from Chuck
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