■(Spx) 'Who's On First'
'Who's On First
, R. 2007) Seedling 01S3A8. SPEC-X (dip.), 37" (94 cm), Very early bloom. Standards and falls deep violet-purple; style arms violet; traditional siberian form, upright Standards, pendant falls, narrow foliage. Seedling 97X1A3: ('I. typhifolia'
seedling x 'Flutter by Butterfly'
sibling) X seedling 90L12A2: (seedling 83N4B5: ('Ruffled Velvet'
x seedling 79P1: ('Polly Dodge'
)) x 'Lady Vanessa'
sibling). Windwood 2008, Honorable Mention 2011
; Award of Merit 2013
, Randolph-Perry Medal 2016
| From Windwood Gardens catalog, 2008: WHO'S ON FIRST. Sdlg. 01S3A8. SPEC-X. 37", VE. 97X1A3 (I typhifolia sdlg. x Flutter by Butterfly sib) x 90U2A2 (83N4B5: (Ruflled Velvet x 79Pl: (Polly Dodge x Anniversary)) X Lady Vanessa sib). Although this is only one quarter I typhifolia, most of the flower and growth characteristics are typical of this species so it seemed reasonable to register it as SPEC-X. For a start, Who's On First blooms very early in the season, at least two weeks before the main Siberian bloom, which gives it its name- this iris will be on first. Second, the flowers have the classical species form with pendant falls and upright standards, but they are larger than typical for the species. A major value of the flowers is the deeply saturated violet-purple color with redder stylearms and no signal. The unopened buds are almost black. Other virtues are the outstanding vigor and tall, tight clump effect with a profusion of flowers.Typically it has 1 branch, 3 buds in the terminal, and 3-5 buds overall. Finally, like typhifolia, it has unusually narrow blue-green foliage, but fortunately this stays upright for the whole season without the summer collapse commonly seen with the species. $25.00
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