Irises Come in All the Colors of the Rainbow

Posted by @Paul2032 on
When you see the exciting irises that are being introduced today, it is hard to believe that their ancestors were shades of white, blue or violet. Hiding in the genes and chromosomes of those ancestral irises was the possibility of a vast spectrum of colors and patterns. These diverse beauties are now being produced by talented iris breeders who are giving us astonishing blooms in all of the colors of the rainbow.

I remember when we first got involved with irises, and joined the Utah Iris Society in the early 1970's. There was an amazing selection of irises available.....selfs, bi-colors, neglectas, plicatas, etc. There were also breeding goals at that time, which seem strange today. We wanted clean shoulders [hafts], we tried to eliminate veins, and patterns were not in vogue. Now it seems as if the sky is the limit, and while it often seems maybe there is truly nothing new, each year a few really different things are produced. Also, some of the old goals are still worthwhile, such as rich clear selfs. Here are a few of my favorites growing in my garden.

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