I'll admit right off that sometimes I make wide
crosses on the spur of the moment. So ZERZURA, a Ben Hager white 1/2 AB
with a black signal and a gray beard was blooming, as was I. junonia blue form,
yellow beard. I thought, what if I could put that white bib from junonia
on a decent colored arilbred seedling and maybe even transfer a
signal. Now, Zerzura is 31 inches tall, while I. junonia is 20-26 inches
tall. Here are the 3 seedlings that germinated. More fodder for the
First was a 36 inches tall mid purple-blue that had the white bib and a
lovely mid-lavender beard. The form is a little old-fashioned. Great
branching! Deep purple eyelashes at the tips of the beards.....this
pattern did come from the arilbred lines.
Second to bloom was white with long old-fashioned falls but interesting
purple eyelashes around the beards! Tall, like the above seedling.
The third was a total shock!!!!! Now I wonder.....did a TB
somewhere back in Zerzura's ancestry carry a gene for broken color? Or did
the broken color pattern lie in the genes of I. junonia? I grow no broken
color patterned iris of any kind. And no one around me grows iris. A
nice lavender beard with purple eyelash pattern at the tips of the beards.
The standards and falls are rounded, like in arilbreds.