hort.net Seasonal photo, (c) 2006 Christopher P. Lindsey, All Rights Reserved: do not copy
articles | gallery of plants | blog | tech blog | plant profiles | patents | mailing lists | top stories | links | shorturl service | tom clothier's archive0
Gallery of Plants
Tech Blog
Plant Profiles
Mailing Lists
    Search ALL lists
    Search help
    Subscription info
Top Stories
sHORTurl service
Tom Clothier's Archive
 Top Stories
New Trillium species discovered

Disease could hit Britain's trees hard

Ten of the best snowdrop cultivars

Plant protein database helps identify plant gene functions

Dendroclimatologists record history through trees

Potato beetle could be thwarted through gene manipulation

Hawaii expands coffee farm quarantine

Study explains flower petal loss

RSS story archive

Re: SPECIES: CULT: trojana, cypriana, mesopotamica (was CULT: New Mexican iris...)

  • To: iris-talk@onelist.com
  • Subject: Re: SPECIES: CULT: trojana, cypriana, mesopotamica (was CULT: New Mexican iris...)
  • From: Mike Lowe <mlowe@worldiris.com>
  • Date: Sun, 11 Apr 1999 11:10:18 -0400
  • References: <923800128.32252@onelist.com>

From: Mike Lowe <mlowe@worldiris.com>

Linda Mann asks...

>Mike - do you remember if they succumbed over the winter from freeze
>damage or in the summer from heavy rain after drought or from "overhead
>watering" [=rain] in hot weather?  Or all of the above? Or something

They both succumbed from massive damage to foliage.

cypriana went in midwinter, the leaves froze, turned tan to white, very
much like an evergreen daylily that has frozen hard. The rhizomes were
mushy, and the mush seemed to result from freeze damage rather than any
sort of rot.

trojana made it through the winter but was devastated by March freeze/thaw
cycles. It too, had massive foliage damage, however the rhizomes seemed to
be intact but went due to 'soft rot.'

>Did you ever try to grow I. mesopotamica?

I have never (1 try) received a plant that I could believe was meso. The
iris that I received as mesopotamica turned out to be hardy as nails and a
dead ringer for the cultivar I grow as 'Amas.' I don't have a photo of
mesopotamica nor have I ever seen one. When I visit gardens that have
indicated that mesopotamica 'grows here' I have always been told "Well, we
just lost it." Dykes included plates of the hardier germanicas but did not
have a figure of mesopotamica. The only unifying characteristic of this
plant that seems to be noted by all authors is that it does not grow in
their garden but is magnificent 'some where else, usually far to the south.'

I don't understand how it can be listed as a parent as often and in as
widely separated (and places that have winters!) locations as is found in
the Check Lists. I can believe some other, slightly hardier, 48 chromosome
germanica type, but mesopotamica? I am coming around to the belief that we
are dealing with the iris equivalent of an 'Urban Myth.'


Mike,  mlowe@worldiris.com   --   http://www.worldiris.com
South Central Virginia, USA; USDA Zone 7A

  Jansport Daytripper the perfect pack for short spring and summer
excursions*Key clip keeps keys handy*Front organizer pocket*Weighs1lb*
    Capacity 2200 cu in! Members Pay $34.00*Free Shipping in US

 © 1995-2017 Mallorn Computing, Inc.All Rights Reserved.
Our Privacy Statement
Other Mailing lists | Author Index | Date Index | Subject Index | Thread Index