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Re: Re: HIST: SPEC: Paltec (pallida crosses)

From: HIPSource@aol.com

In a message dated 11/28/99 7:20:43 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
lmann@mailhub.icx.net writes:

<<  Before I read the World of Irises and learned that crosses of with 
pallida were difficult,  >>

I have not checked the Archives for the discussion, Linda, but I cannot find 
the passage in WOI to which you are referring. 

My understanding has always been that I. pallida and I. variegata in their 
several forms were the progenitors of "hundreds" of early the diploid 
hybrids. pp. 44, 51, and pallida, with tetraploid species produced some 
important early tets p.52. In "Garden Irises" Randolph notes crosses of 
pallida with numerous other species.p.520.

The presumed difficulty of the PALTEC cross resides in the fact that it 
involves crossing a bearded iris and a crested iris. 

What am I missing here?

Of PALTEC the WOI says on p. 267, "Although subsequent similar hybrids have 
been produced, they have not persisted." It is described in WOI as having 
"the plant characteristics of tectorum" and, blooming with the talls, 
produces "many sleekly smooth and beautifully formed liliac-blue 

I'll add that it shows to best advantage alone or with rock garden perennials 
rather than with the complex forms and colors of many of the bearded irises 
of the same vintage, but this is personal taste speaking. It shares the same 
disadvantage of many of the evansias of being found delicious by slugs.

Anner Whitehead

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