Thanks Chuck, Mark, El, Mike and Adam!
I had thought that it was little
unusual when I first saw it bloom, but I didn't realize how many people would
appreciate the standard striping.
If it increases alright I plan on
registering it and I've already been using it in some crosses. It seems to be a
lot like Iris variegata in its breeding behavior - very selective about what
pollens it will accept. It's from the cross KEIRITH x CLOWN PANTS, so is diploid
and at least 1/4 variegata. I've got one seedling growing nicely from Iris
rudskyi pollen. It should bloom next year. Iris rudskyi has faint striping on
its standards too so I'm hopeful how this seedling might turn out. I've got four
or five less vigorous seedlings from the next breeding season - these are from
ASTRA GIRL. Last year I didn't do any crosses on it. And this season it's
setting pods from T5, a species hybrid I got many years ago from Terry Varner's
Ohio Gardens. T5 is Iris timofejewii X Iris variegata.
I'd like to try to
breed this striping over into the tetraploids, but that's going to have to wait
until next year at the earliest.
Thanks again for your kind words and
P.S. Here's another picture, up close so you can better
see how the striping looks inside and out.