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Re: siberians - Can this be Caesar's Bro?

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Re: siberians - Can this be Caesar's Bro?
  • From: "Jeff and Carolyn Walters" <cwalters@cache.net>
  • Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 20:14:28 -0700 (MST)

Hi Clarence:

I  much appreciated your detailed response to Clair P's questions about
Siberian iris - one of the most instructive postings I have read on The
List. Your final comment jogged a thought loose that has been lodged in the
back of my mind; to wit, do I have the real CAESAR'S BROTHER ? (Unlike
Caesar's Wife, whatever I have is not beyond reproach).

You write (21 Feb 97):
> Clarence Mahan in VA, whose favorite Siberian iris is HIGH
> best landscaping Siberian iris since CAEZARS BROTHER.

I got my C>B> from a non-specialist source (a local garden center - could
well have been some of that Dutch stuff you mentioned yesterday). The
flower form and color matches pictures and descriptions of C>B>, but the
foliage sprawls shamesleesly in mid-summer, which does not seem to be in
keeping with your encomium quoted above. The clump is growing in partial
shade, which has not seemed to have affected its bloom.

Also, a question about the name. I am aware that CAEZAR was originally
registered with that spelling, though it was corrected to the more standard
form about 20 years ago. I have never seen the BROTHER mentioned in print
as anything but CAESAR'S. Was it originally registered as such, or was the
name changed, or is it just an informal emendation?

Jeff Walters in northern Utah (Zone 4)
"This is the Place" - You guys back East stole our heat; sunny, but
freezing here today

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