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Re: CULT: Best plant in the Garden

Irisman-n-TN <irisman@comcast.net> wrote:

Soooo, with many folks barely into bloom season, what is your favorite
historic and why?


I have to echo what others who have contributed to this thread have said - it is impossible to pick just one favorite historic iris, since there are so many that are outstanding. Indeed, I agree that the many I am familiar with among all those that have been mentioned so far are worthy of the acclaim they have received. 

I have two more personal favorites to add to the list:

CAHOKIA (Faught, 1948) always draws my attention when it is in bloom with its abundance of clear, bright, light blue flowers on its freely produced tall, multi-branched stalks.

MINNIE COLQUITT (H. P. Sass, 1942) is an attractive purple and white plicata, but what sets it apart is the sheer lavish prolificacy of its bloom - 20 stalks in the second year in my garden after planting a single purchased rhizome and 27 stalks in the third year!

I eagerly await their appearance in this year's bloom season, which is not yet even "barely" under way here


Jeff Walters
in northern Utah
(USDA Zone 4)

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