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Re: CULT: I. sanguinea ???

From: Bill Shear <BILLS@hsc.edu>

Your plant sounds a lot like I.sanguinea.  Check the leaf bases; sanguinea
has a purple flush, hence the name.

I never got any responses to my questions.  I suspect "garden" sanguineas
may have an admixture of siberica, or have been selected for less narrow
form, color, etc. Kim Hawks, the owner of Niche Gardens, has contacts in
China and I suspect that the plants or seeds for them came from China
labelled "I. ruthenica."  Anyhow, this is a nice little plant that is
certainly very interesting and I look forward to growing it and possibly
trying some breeding with it.

I will try e-mailing Kim Hawks and seeing if I can learn more.

By the way, my sanguinea looks a lot like the plate in Dykes' THE GENUS
IRIS.  You should have this book, if you don't already.  A reprint edition
is available fairly inexpensively from Amazon.

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

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