what can Parks candy lilies be crosed with ?

farmfreedomMay 4, 2005

besides the blackberry lily which was formerly classified an iris . could the candy lilies be crossed with both iris and lilies of any kind? especially day lilies and iris , gladiolas and amarillis ?

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According to recent DNA studies, the closest relatives of Iris (Pardanthopsis) dichotoma and Iris domestica (AKA Belamcanda chinensis) are probably the bearded irises (including both eupogons and arils.)

    Bookmark   May 4, 2005 at 6:00PM
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Thank You very much can they cross with lilies also .

    Bookmark   August 3, 2005 at 8:24PM
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geoforce(z7a SE PA)

As mentioned above, these are the plants from crossing Pardanthopsis(formerly Iris) dichotoma and Iris domestica (formerly Belamcanda chinensis). These parent plants are commonly called 'Vesper Iris' and 'Blackberry Lily' respectively. It is unfortunate in my mind that almost all of the plants available have nearly totally lost the iris form and only resemble more vigorous and colorful blackberry lilies. In my opinion, a profitable goal would be back-crossing again to the vesper iris to regain some of this form with the vigor and sunny colors of the blackberry lily.

The chronosome count of these plants does not match any other common member of the iris group, so out-crossing would be highly unlikely to succeed.


    Bookmark   August 4, 2005 at 8:52AM
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Walter_Pickett(5-6 KS)

Right George. And they are in different sections from the more common iris species. Inter-sectional crosses are generally dificult in the genus Iris.
And I have thought about backcrossing to vesper iris. This is the only plant in the iris genus that, for me, can sprout in the spring and bloom by fall. Annual iris. But they are perennial also, at least in mild winters here.

    Bookmark   December 17, 2005 at 3:09PM
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