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Re: Iris-Talk Iris of the Millennium

From: Mike Lowe <mlowe@worldiris.com>

Bill Shear writes....

>My nomination for the iris of the millenium (well, the century anyway)
>would be SNOW FLURRY.
>Has there ever been a more important iris, both for its own sake as an
>excellent and beautiful garden plant, and as a parent of other hybrids?

Snow Flurry has no equal as a parent either in number of iris 'mothered'
(Snow Flurry is almost pollen sterile) or in the garden merit of its
offspring. (see below)

>And perhaps another nominee could be STEPPING OUT, in recognition of its
>long. long run on the Symposium and on regional popularity polls.  Does
>anyone know if an iris has stayed on the Symposium longer?

Indeed yes! The cross of Snow Flurry X Chivalry produced Blue Sapphire (B.
Schreiner '53). Blue Sapphire spent 40 continuous years on the Symposium, a
record that has never been approached. (Stepping Out seems to have great
'legs' and may well eventually shatter all records for popular longevity)


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

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