Jan: Thanks, Yes this is the type of thing I am looking for. This trait like purple based foliage varies with climatic conditions. I have seen Iris and pictures of Iris that have really dark purple, almost black spathes. I would bet 'Ominous Stanger would do that under the right conditions. I have also grown Iris purpureobracteata in warm springs and barely seen the effect, even though it is capab;le of very dark purple spathes. I think it is a neat trait and would love to breed for it.
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From: "Jan Lauritzen" <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2010 2:03:07 PM
Subject: Re: [iris-photos] Help with name and photo
Bob, Here is the best one I know of. 'Ominous Stranger' Innerst 1993. I posted this picture to the Wiki a couple of weeks ago because I thought it was a very distinctive feature to help ID this iris.
Hope this is what you are looking for.
From: Robert Pries <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: iris-photos <email@example.com>
Sent: Fri, November 12, 2010 5:42:38 AM
Subject: [iris-photos] Help with name and photo
Its bad to have poor recall but I trust the collective memory of this group can help me. I remember seeing TBs with purple bracts below their flowers but cannot remember the cultivar names. Does anyone know about these and have photos I could use in the Iris Encyclopedia? I know the species I. purpureobracteata has this character but I am looking for the TB hybrids that developed this independent of that species. Can anyone help?