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RE: CULT: Tennessee State Flower

  • Subject: RE: [iris-talk] CULT: Tennessee State Flower
  • From: "Greg McCullough" <icity@msn.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 May 2002 13:59:16 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

Unfortunately, Tennessee designated the iris as the state flower, but didn't
select a particular species or color. The one generally depicted looks like
I. germanica or something from a Van Gogh painting.  The vanity iris tag has
depicted two different irises since its inception, just adding to the
confusion. I bought TENNESSEE BICENTENNIAL from the Memphis Botanical
Gardens a couple of years ago and may have enough this year to sell (the
hybridizer donated all the stock to the Gardens). They might also contact
the Gardens to see if they have any for sale.

Greg McCullough
Iris City Gardens
Primm Springs, TN US (just southwest of Nashville)
zone 6
  -----Original Message-----
  From: wmoores@watervalley.net [mailto:wmoores@watervalley.net]
  Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 12:08 PM
  To: iris-talk@yahoogroups.com
  Subject: [iris-talk] CULT: Tennessee State Flower

  There is a person on another list who is trying to get the
  true iris that is the Tennessee State flower.  They want to be
  historically correct.

  Can anyone here help?

  The iris was adopted as the state flower in TN in 1933.

  I used to think it was i. cristata until I saw the vanity
  car tags for Tennessee State Parks depicting a rather
  modern iris.

  Then, the person referred me to a site that showed TN symbols,
  showing a sixties or seventies tall bearded iris as the
  state flower.

  Further confusion may be caused by TENNESSEE BICENTENNIAL.

  Help this person, please, find the true Tennessee state flower and
  also a source for TENNESSEE BICENTENNIAL.  Does Superstition have it?

  Walter Moores
  Enid Lake, MS USA 7/8

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