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From: John I Jones <jijones@ix.netcom.com>

Patrick Orr wrote:
> From: "Patrick Orr" <PatrickJOrr@hotmail.com>
> Although it is typically thought that a virus causes such markings on
> irises, such is not the case with this cultivar.  These marks are genetic
> and have been consistent since its maiden bloom prior to its introduction
> more than 11 years ago.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Harold Peters <harold@directcon.net>
> To: <iris-photos@onelist.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 10:40 PM
> Subject: Re: [iris-photos] BLUSHING CHERRY
> > From: "Harold Peters" <harold@directcon.net>
> >
> > I believe that the color marks on Blushing Cherry are virus marks and not
> > broken color.  Virus marks are caused by a virus. Some plants are more
> > susceptible to virus marking than others.  Weather conditions also seem to
> > be a significant factor is virus marking because there can be years where
> > there is no virus marking. My experience with virus marking comes from the
> > older arilbreds, many of which are susceptible to virus marking. I had a
> lot
> > of older arilbreds at one time. A hungry gopher got into the bed and
> totally
> > eliminated 45 of 57 clumps in the bed. My trapping technique were not
> > adequate to catch that gopher.
> >
> > Harold Peters

This thread has started on iris-photos, and I thought it would be good
to move it over to iris-talk. If you are interested in seeing the
picture , it is in the archives at:


My questions are:

Would it not be true that the virus would be passed on from increase to
increase? How does one tell the difference between a virus and a broken color?

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