In reference to Mike Sutton's photos I made a
comment about plicatas at the very root of the ancestry of pinks--and that
plicatas pop up in pink breeding rarely but consistently.
The remark I made about Loomis' SEA
SHELL (or SEASHELL) is taken from TWOI, p. 92, where it is stated,
"Seashell came from a plicata seedling of W. J. Fryer X Ricardi, and a variegata
seedling probably of Ricardi origin.....When Seashell was crossed to a red
seedling from Lent A. Williamson, the great progenitor, Morocco Rose
The pedigree of CHERIE, a pivotal pink from the
Hall line, as given on the HIPS Dykes Medal irises list, differs from this
information. MOROCCO ROSE is shown as resulting directly from a
cross between two Loomis seedlings, H22 and F-70. H22 is from Lent A.
Williamson X unknown. F-70 is shown as from W. J. Fryer X Ricardi, thus
foreshortening the ancestry on one leg by a generation compared to what is given
The parentage given for SEA SHELL in the
*Check List 1949* is simply "plicata x variegata," which is less
informative than either of the other two sources. In the *Check List 1939*
no parentage is given at all for MOROCCO ROSE.
The TWOI data in part originates from a
comment by (Geddes) Douglas in his article "Prelude to Pink," *Bull. Amer.
Iris Soc.* no. 92: 38-49, dating from 1944. Douglas undoubtedly had
correspondence directly from Dr. Loomis.
In any event, MOROCCO ROSE and SEASHELL are
ancestral to both midwestern (Hall) and far western (the Utah group,
especially Tell Muhlestein) pink lines. A plicata is right at
the center of the "roots" in the ancestry of almost anything with a
An interesting, but lateral, comment might be made
about another of the primary sources of the Hall pink line. DOLLY
MADISON is also from Lent A. Williamson x unknown.
All that is worth slightly more than 2
Neil Mogensen z 7 western NC
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