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■(IB) 'Gypsy Queen'

Bef, 1859, Salter

'Gypsy Queen' (John Salter, before 1859) IB. Midseason late bloom. Color Code S6M.

See below:

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References

From Cornell Extension Bulletin 112: "Color effect an old gold, velvety maroon veined bicolor. S. honey yellow to old gold, much undulated. F. velvety maroon-brown to blackish brown, distinctly veined to a point one-half inch from the end of the blade. The edge blends yellow to old gold on the haft. Occasional lavender or cream-white flecks occur on the blade. This plant is a vigorous grower , and has stiff, slender, deep green foliage, tinged purple at the base. The flower spikes are tall and well and widely branched. Its very late bloom, its dull color combinations like those found in the Cypripedium orchid, and its early history, being a parent of the variegata groups, make it still worthy of selection."
Note: The 1929 Checklist notates GQ as a TB, but this was changed to IB in the 1939 edition.
 
Note: There is an impostor that has floated about for decades under the name GQ. . The true GQ has no flush of rose to the standards and the falls are very dark in tone, often appearing black. -- MikeUnser - 2013-12-10; I've added a photo of a very common variety that has been going around for at least 20 years under the name Gypsy Queen. It is a lovely little iris, but is not the real GQ. The real GQ has deep black cherry tones to the falls and the standards are old gold. All petals are elongated. The impostor has a rosy tint in the standards and the falls are a brighter violet. The form is more rounded and symmetrical. -- MikeUnser - 2017-02-25

Synonyms

Hamlet, La Prestigieuse.

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  • I've added a photo of a very common variety that has been going around for at least 20 years under the name Gypsy Queen. It is a lovely little iris, but is not the real GQ. The real GQ has deep black cherry tones to the falls and the standards are old gold. All petals are elongated. The impostor has a rosy tint in the standards and the falls are a brighter violet. The form is more rounded and symmetrical. -- MikeUnser - 2017-02-25
Topic attachments
I Attachment Action Size Date Who Comment
BHP_8806-X2_gypsy_queen.jpgjpg BHP_8806-X2_gypsy_queen.jpg manage 118 K 12 Feb 2016 - 04:40 BrockHeilman Please contact Brock Heilman for image use.
GYPSY QUEEN.JPGJPG GYPSY QUEEN.JPG manage 175 K 10 Mar 2019 - 21:27 Main.Harloiris Cynthia Voss photo
GypsyQueen01.JPGJPG GypsyQueen01.JPG manage 186 K 01 Sep 2016 - 20:01 Main.TLaurin Photo by The Shady Spot
GypsyQueen_800jpg.jpgjpg GypsyQueen_800jpg.jpg manage 261 K 09 Nov 2015 - 22:59 Main.TLaurin Photo by Kathryn Mohr
gypsy-queen-impostor.jpgjpg gypsy-queen-impostor.jpg manage 217 K 25 Feb 2017 - 03:29 Main.mikeu photo by Mike Unser
gypsy-queen1-13.jpgjpg gypsy-queen1-13.jpg manage 90 K 10 Dec 2013 - 03:00 Main.mikeu Gypsy Queen by Mike Unser
gypsy-queen3-08.jpgjpg gypsy-queen3-08.jpg manage 61 K 10 Dec 2013 - 03:01 Main.mikeu Gypsy Queen by Mike Unser
gypsy-queen3-0816.jpgjpg gypsy-queen3-0816.jpg manage 25 K 02 Sep 2016 - 14:36 Main.Betsy881 Detail of photo by Betsy Higgins
gypsyqueen01.JPGJPG gypsyqueen01.JPG manage 600 K 15 Dec 2015 - 15:53 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen at the Royal Botanical Gardens,Hamilton,Ontario
gypsyqueen02.JPGJPG gypsyqueen02.JPG manage 496 K 15 Dec 2015 - 15:54 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen at the Royal Botanical Gardens,Hamilton,Ontario
gypsyqueen03.JPGJPG gypsyqueen03.JPG manage 630 K 20 Apr 2018 - 19:26 Main.TLaurin Photo by Don McQueen-London,Ont.-Canada Zone 5
Topic revision: r24 - 10 Mar 2019, Harloiris
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