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RE: SPEC: Iris tectorum

From: "Mark, Maureen" <MARKM@tc.gc.ca>


I. tectorum does fine here in zone 4.  Great foliage through the summer.
We've had the blue/purple form for about four years.  I think Sandy has a
start of the alba -- it's not supposed to be as hardy so we shall see.

Maureen Mark
Ottawa, Canada (zone 4)

> From: HIPSource@aol.com
> In a message dated 11/15/99 10:11:35 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
> sidneygardener@email.msn.com writes:
> <<  I live in Albuquerque, NM. High mesa county. Its hard to tell what our
> real zone is. I've read zone charts that put me in Zone 5, Zone 6, or Zone
> 7.....
>   I. tectorum, blue and alba>>
> Interesting. I've been trying to find out just how hardy this one actually
> is. It is semi-evergreen here in Zone 7 Virginia and the old foliage gets
> hit 
> pretty hard at the tips in late January. New leaves emerge, however,
> before 
> the blooms appear, so it is not hard to groom the plant to look its best
> for 
> its moment of glory. Contrary to the usual expectation, I have found the 
> white to be stonger than the blue in this species, and this has been the
> case 
> with three different blue clones grown from seed. 
> Anner Whitehead
> HIPSource@aol.com 
> > 

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