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The Development Of Violets and Purples, Tall-Bearded Irises

From the "The World of Irises" Chapter 4 by Melba B Hamblen and Keith Keppel. © 1978 AIS



Violets and purples were "common" colors, and in many ways they have been neglected by iris breeders. Many of our best violets have occurred by accident from blue breeding, with whites figuring prominently, also. The Dykes Medal winner 'First Violet' is from a cross of blue ‘Chivalry’ and white ‘Spanish Peaks’. Another winner, ‘Skywatch’, is from blue and white breeding, and behind the whites can be found ‘Spanish Peaks’. A third winner, ‘Violet Harmony’, comes from ‘Snow Flurry’ and the lavender-blue ‘Cloud Castle’. Schortman developed a distinctive line of ruffled dark violets and purples of which ‘Polka Time’ is a prime example. It derives from the white ‘Snow Symphony’, black ‘Sable’, and blue ‘Chivalry’. Plough's dark violet ‘Grand Alliance’ is from ‘Polka Time’ and ‘Allegiance’.

‘Chivalry’ (1943) Chivalry X ‘Spanish Peaks' (1946) TBSpanish Peaks = ‘First Violet’ (1951) First Violet

Shortman's Ruffled Violet Line

‘Snow Flurry’ (1943) Snow Flurry X ‘Violet Symphony' (1946) TBViolet Symphony = TbPthruT/TbSnow Symphony
‘Sable’ (1943) Sable X ‘Chivalry’ (1943) Chivalry = ‘Polka Time’ (1951) Polka Time

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Galleries Of Violet Irises (Under construction)

Prior to 1949

For more information on historic Irises visit the Historic Iris Preservation Society at

-- BobPries - 2015-10-14
Topic revision: r12 - 31 Oct 2022, BobPries
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