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■ (AB) 'Paracina'


1901, Foster

'Paracina' OB (Sir Michael Foster, 1901). AB, DMB, low height, Midseason bloom. Pink to red-toned blend, medium. I. paradoxa X 'Sambucina'. Syn: Parcina. Foster, 1901.

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Reference; notes the following; "IRIS PARACINA. This is a distinct and interesting hybrid, which attracted a good deal of attention when on June 11 it came before the Royal Horticultural Society and received the award of merit. The distinctive features of the hybrid, while furnishing unmistakable evidence, as we think, of one of its parents, provides the student and the hybridist with material for thought and reflection, inasmuch as the one parent, viz., I. paradoxa, cannot be regarded as a tractable garden plant generally, though it may be turned to excellent account when used as a seed parent in cross-breeding and hybridising. The quaint colouring, dwarf growth and the more or less horizontally disposed falls – the latter a sort of contradiction in terms – all point to the influence of I. paradoxa. It is by no means improbable that the parentage of the plant is on a par with I. paravar (I. paradoxa x I. variegata var. ), and if so the weight of influence of the pollen parent should render the subject of our note an excellent garden plant. The standards are nearly self-coloured purplish, the falls of a maroon-purple and somewhat heavily lined or veined with white. It grows about 15 inches high, and will be found of much service in the forefront of the border and again in the rook garden. The plant was exhibited by Messrs. Barr and .Sons, Convent Garden."- E. Jenkins.
Followed by note as; Iris Paracina. – With reference to Iris Paracina, on which Mr. E. Jenkins contributes a note, with illustration, in The (Garden for the 7th inst., may I suggest that the proper name for this hybrid, if it is what I suppose it to be, is I. parsam (viz., paradoxa x sambucina). It seems a pity to alter the convenient system of nomenclature adopted by the late late Sir Michael Foster, since it indicates the origin of the hybrid. This Iris is one of several raised by him from seed of Oncocyclus or Regelia Irises, fertilised with pollen of the strong-growing Flags absurdly called "German" Irises, e.(i., ib. x pall., par. x pall., lup. X cong. (= iberica x pallida, paradoxa X pallida, lupina x Congialti). To two or three of his various forms of ib. x pall, he recently assigned fancy names suggested by the Cambridge Professor of Persian. I may mention that he had growing at Shelford several forms both of parsam and parvar, and, to tell the truth, his memory was not very clear as to the pollen-bearing parent of each batch, ie. (if I remember right), he was not sure whether plants which he had distributed as parvar should not have been called parsam. Lupceng, by the way, in my garden, has added to the eccentricities of this season by flowering in August instead of in early June. – Arthur J. Host, Harrow-on-the-Hill.
From Supplement To The Comprehensive Checklist of Aril and Arilbred Iris by Sharon McAllister, April 2000: PARACINA AB (Sir Michael Foster, BRS). Sdlg # NIA. DMB, low height, midseason. I paradoxa X Sambucina. AIS Color Class: S7M (medium red-toned squalens). '76 CL: Pink to red-toned blend, medium. Vallette: "madder brown-red self" Syn: Parcina. Foster,1901; Barr & Sons, 1901. Notes: Name approved; an OB (diploid) in both systems. Ref: AIS '39, p. 420; ASI '76, p. 63; Vallette, p. 178.
Barr 1906 catalog
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