We're having our 3rd annual CWIS iris
show this upcoming Sunday, which has a new trophy to be awarded to the best
historic iris. So, I've been reading up on some of the historic iris I've
seen growing around here, since I'll be one of the AIS judges.
When I was reading about IB Zua in
the 1939 checklist, it mentions it's a sport of Florentina. Can someone
explain how sports in iris occur? I've seen 2 different looking iris in
several different clumps, but that was usually roundup damage.
Last year, when I was taking a
picture of MDB Wiggle, I noted it had a smaller flower on another stalk, that
was totally different in appearance. I thought perhaps the younger flower
would just darken to look like the true Wiggle. Then I forgot about it til
it happened again this year. I took picture of them both last year, about
a week apart, and included here.
I decided to clear the soil between
them the other day, and sure enough, both iris are attached, not separate mixed
up rhizomes, so I removed the different rhizome and stalk and planted it in one
of the nursery beds.
El, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
AIS Region 16