Very interesting color pattern. Not all that pretty but interesting!
Epicenter grows OK for me in Colorado. We went from 80 a few days ago to 28 this morning with heavy frost. It isn't uncommon in the winter time to be at 20 below and sunny and 60 a few days later so maybe it isn't a cold hardiness gene it lacks but cultural condition that they don't like. Or soil pH? So I'm rethinking the hardiness effect on many varieties. I thought certain varieties wouldn't grow in Colorado due to our cold climate. I noticed this year with the extra moisture we received during June and July, varieties which I was about to give up on because they just wouldn't increase put on tremendous growth. We are considered a semi-arid climate and normally don't receive much more than 12 to 15 inches of moisture for the whole year. This year during June and July we received about 7 inches of rain and the Iris drank it up without any rot or leaf spot. Varieties which I thought didn't like Colorado due to a lack of cold hardiness gene now I will consider growing on due to the cultural condition I had put them under. I just need to supplement with more moisture during their critical growing period. For what it is worth.
Bob in Denver
Iris4U Iris Garden
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Subject: [iris-photos] RE: Dark Top plicata IB
Here is one of my dark top plicata seedlings. This one is an IB from Eoicentre X Summoned Spirit.
Hopefully it will have hardiness of SS and not that of Epicentre.