Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I think the flower is quite attractive, I think the form and coloring are refined and quite beautiful. But then I much prefer the old Bearded Iris cultivars and species to almost anything produced after about 1950.
I suspect, that with that sort of blooming, you find an audience for this one. Even if it is not popular as an ornamental (but I'll bet it would be), it might be popular for breeding.
Date: Wed, 25 Aug 2010 07:41:55 -0400
Subject: [iris-photos] RE: Reblooming SDB
Here is a photo of a rebloming SDB.
I'm not sure what to do with this seedling. It is from a bee pod of Forever Blue. Obviously pollen parent was an aphylla, which were in bloom rasonably close.
It has been in constant bloom for about two months, and still going strong.
Flower is very much aphylla, and not all that pretty and has bad form. But it has three nice branches, and 2-3 flowers per flowering point. So 7-10 nicely spaced and sequential flowers. Reblooms at height of 15-18" This bud count and flower sequence certainly contributes to it long period in flower. New stalks coming up now, so will proably be, for all practical purposes, an everbloomer.
But, that flower is so ugly.
Lots of SDB seedlings in rebloom. About 30 total. A couple of nice flowers. Last Wed had 18 seedlings in bloom at once.
So, What to do with this thing.