hybridizing iris

hairmetal4ever(Z7 MD)October 28, 2003

I posted a few hours ago about Lycoris. I would also like to try some interspecific Iris crosses, such as Iris germanica (bearded) X I. sibirica or with dwarf types like I. histrioides or I. reticulata. Anyone done this? What species will cross? Any tips or suggestions?

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Pierre_R(z9 Riviera)

Bulbous irises cross only to other bulbous ones.
Among rhyzomatous irises bearded ones are compatible, but not with unbearded. Compatibility is variable among the later.
Species number and variability is very high in all three groups with tall and dwarf ones.

Many crosses done and much more to do.

    Bookmark   November 3, 2003 at 4:43PM
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Sparaxis(Vic Aust)

The only bearded X non bearded ones that I have heard of are I. pallida (bearded) X I. tectorum (crested)
Hope that helps. There is a list specifically related to species iris, where crosses are discussed, and sometimes photos shown. If you e-mail me privately I will direct you there.
Cheers, Jan

    Bookmark   December 21, 2003 at 4:07PM
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keking(z6 TN)

Here's an old report on some interesting Iris hybrids.

Christy Hensler of The Rock Garden is doing some of the most innovative Iris breeding that I know of.


Here is a link that might be useful: The Rock Garden

    Bookmark   February 20, 2005 at 3:49AM
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keking(z6 TN)

Since I posted the previous note I had to change my URL, so the link to the Iris hybrids is:

Also, the link to Christy's page has changed. I'll link it below.

And I have a page of Iris information - old cultivars, breeding, etc.


Here is a link that might be useful: The Rock Garden

    Bookmark   December 10, 2010 at 11:34AM
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