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JI HIST: Loyalty, Innocence, Jedo Jim

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: JI HIST: Loyalty, Innocence, Jedo Jim
  • From: Ensata@aol.com
  • Date: Tue, 28 Oct 1997 09:32:38 -0700 (MST)

Maureen Mark asked why some of her JI names were not in the Checklist.
 Beginners have been asking that same question for 40-50 years!!!

It has been repeated in the books, especially The Japanese Iris by Currier
McEwen, but here is one early source that some of you may have missed:
FLOWER GROWER magazine, July 1958, article on "Japanese Iris Are NOT Hard To
Grow, by W. F. Scott, Jr.

".... During the early 1930's when great quantities of the plants were being
imported, anything resembling a distinct variety was given a name;  seedlings
were grown in vast numbers and indiscriminately named.  Thus the nomenclature
of the Japanese iris became almost hopelessly confused. "

And I add that, those indiscriminate names were never registered with AIS, so
we have no idea to which plant they were originally attached.

John Coble, at Ensata,  Librarian for the Society for Japanese Irises.

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