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SPEC: Iris sanguinea

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: SPEC: Iris sanguinea
  • From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>
  • Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 09:49:59 -0600 (MDT)

I have a nice clump of sanguinea blooming now, which originally came from
Niche Gardens in North Carolina, sold as "ruthenica" (which it obviously is
not).  The form of this iris is different from the sanguinea of gardens.
The falls hang straight down and the standards are perfectly erect; all
flower parts are narrow; the style arms are strongly exserted.  The height
is only about 10-12" and the stems are unbranched.  The bloom season is
extended by having the stalks produced over a period of time, not all at

Does anyone know about the sanguineas often found in old gardens--are they
partly siberica?  Their form is much more like the hybrid siberians than
the "species" form of my plant.  What is the extent of the involvement of
sanguinea in hybrid garden siberians?

Bill Shear
Department of Biology
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampden-Sydney VA 23943
FAX (804)223-6374

"Ruth Adams Club Goes Vertical"
--picture caption in the May 12, 1986, edition of the Farmville Herald.
The photo shows four elderly ladies standing behind a flower arrangement.
They look very grim.

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