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Donald Eaves wrote:
> John,
> I replied earlier, but the message is not showing up in the archives or my
> mail, so I apologize if I end up repeating the message.
> SOLAR FIRE is a 2003 introduction from Rick Tasco.  Margie Valenzuela posted
> it to iris-photos and referenced a web connection where the 2003 intros can
> be viewed along with some seedlings.  In those seedling photos is a white
> with red beards.  Red beards to end all red beards from looking at the
> photo.  I'd like to see it up close and personal.  If it's as startling live
> as it is in the photo, then we have some incredible beards to look forward
> to in the future.  To get directly to the page showing this seedling:
> http://community.webshots.com/album/36532756ogeZlk

I wrote to Rick and Roger and they replied:

> Hi John,
> Rick and I were just talking about that very question today and we
> thought that Solar Fire doesn't really grow, for us, like either parent
> does here.  For us, obviously, Golden Panther grows like a weed, while
> for us Thornbird is an average grower.  Solar Fire grows very robust and
> strongly, usually producing very large rhizomes (GP's rhizomes are
> usually smaller for us) with moderate increase.  Looks like it took both
> genes, mixed them up, and grows differently than either parent.
> Roger

John                     | "There be dragons here"
                         |  Annotation used by ancient cartographers
                         |  to indicate the edge of the known world.

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