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Re: Re: "mutant" iris?

Now, having seen the two of them side by side, here's my opinion.

I'm inclined to say that they are not the same plant, but that a seed or a
stray tuber got into your Iris patch.  Not only are the colors different, but
so is almost everything about them, including structural details.  The small
yellow variegata looks like an old diploid I. variegata x I. pallida type,
roughly along the lines of 'Honorabile', 'Iris King', and 'Loreley', while the
pink plicata looks like a modern tetraploid hybrid.  It is perhaps possible
that the variegata was a seed parent to the plicata, but it would seem highly
unlikely to me.  Maybe you had an anonymous doner (who stuck a plant in your
bed just for fun?).

They are both very nice Iris, in very different ways.  I'd gladly grow either
one of them in my garden!


----- Original Message -----
From: charles smith
Sent: Tuesday, May 20, 2003 6:31 PM
To: iris@hort.net
Subject: [iris] Re: "mutant" iris?

> Do you have photos of the yellow one
> to compare with the pink one?

I just posted a side-by-side comparison photo at:


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