I'm curious too as to how the elements of this pattern are classed.
Is the striping related to plicata pattern (it is similar)? As for
the overall coloration, I would assume it is a variegata?
The coloring of the original Iris variegata is usually striped and usually
not solid colored. The pale rim is usually there on I. variegata
too. ['Bengal Tiger' seems close to this pattern type?] In I. variegata
those with solid-colored falls have the striping spread across the surface and
fused, so the solid coloring is derived from the same pattern elements.
However, I notice that in a lot of modern variegatas (whick most seem to have
solid-colored falls), as well as neglectas and amoenas, there is what
appears to be a tendency (however faint), under certain conditions for the color
to break apart into a luminata pattern (with the coloration concentrated between
the veins instead of along them). I'm guessing that all variegatas (and
other light over dark colorings) do not derive their coloration from the same
For me it is too bad that the "variegata" term is associated with the
yellow over dark coloring, as apposed to the actual pattern of I. variegata,
which aren't always the same things. The word itself is actually more
appropriate for the pattern (regardless of color) than for the yellow over dark
coloration. The type of pattern of I. variegata is found in other color
classes such as bicolors, amoenas, and neglectas too.
Some of my favorite cultivars have a strongly striped falls pattern
(usually courser stripes with fewer stripes than in 'Bengal Tiger', but still
rather similar) often with little or no striping on the standards. Since
it isn't quite the same affect as the more average plicata pattern, I've always
just refered to them in my notes as "striped". But, I've always assumed there is
a close relation to the plicata pattern? I'm not sure these striped
flowers all have their striping rooted in the same genetics either?
Here is a sampling of diverse "striped" BB & TB cultivars, some quite
like 'Bengal Tiger', some very different. I think they probably represent
derivations from a diversity of pattern types. I have a hard time grouping
any of them with typical plicatas, though I know a some truly are
Cinnamon Sun (faint striping)
Hold that Tiger
Ovation (faint thin striping)
Quandry (often faint, variable striping in two colors)
Webspun (faint thin striping)