... growing and hybridizing all kinds of plants in zone 6b Maryland since the 1980's.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Iris variegata X suaveolens var. rubromarginata

Looks like this F1 hybrid (between two very different bearded iris species) wants to Fall bloom but just didn't get started soon enough - see the flowerbud poking out of the fan in the first picture. The second picture shows what bloom looked like back in April. To get this hybrid I had to freeze pollen from rubromarginata for a couple of months until variegata bloom season started. I have four seedlings from the cross. It should be a lot of fun to cross these with each other and with other irises to see what kind of strange recombination might come from their unique ancestry.

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