I'll admit right off that sometimes I make wide crosses on the spur of the moment. So ZERZURA, a Ben Hager white 1/2 AB with a black signal and a gray beard was blooming, as was I. junonia blue form, yellow beard. I thought, what if I could put that white bib from junonia on a decent colored arilbred seedling and maybe even transfer a signal. Now, Zerzura is 31 inches tall, while I. junonia is 20-26 inches tall. Here are the 3 seedlings that germinated. More fodder for the trashpile!
First was a 36 inches tall mid purple-blue that had the white bib and a lovely mid-lavender beard. The form is a little old-fashioned. Great branching! Deep purple eyelashes at the tips of the beards.....this pattern did come from the arilbred lines.
Second to bloom was white with long old-fashioned falls but interesting purple eyelashes around the beards! Tall, like the above seedling.
The third was a total shock!!!!! Now I wonder.....did a TB somewhere back in Zerzura's ancestry carry a gene for broken color? Or did the broken color pattern lie in the genes of I. junonia? I grow no broken color patterned iris of any kind. And no one around me grows iris. A nice lavender beard with purple eyelash pattern at the tips of the beards. The standards and falls are rounded, like in arilbreds.