Pacific Coast Iris (Iris 'Premonition of Spring') in the Irises Database

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Data specific to Irises (Edit)
Hybridizer: Garry Knipe
Year Of Registration: 2012
Seedling Number: ABSA-3
Classification: Pacific Coast
Registered Height: 12 inches (30 cm)
Bloom Season: Very Very Early
Very Early
Early
Early Mid
Mid
Bloom Color Classification: Black
Orchid
Wine
Bloom Color Description: White standards, lined violet blue, red purple at base spreading up midrib and feathering out, flush of yellow around purple area; black falls blending outward through red purple, darker veins spreading to area of veins
Style Arm Color: Pale yellow with soft violet

General Plant Information (Edit)
Life cycle: Perennial
Flowers: Showy
Underground structures: Rhizome
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Parentage: Altar Boy X San Andreas

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Posted by Polymerous (South San Francisco Bay Area - Zone 9b) on Dec 8, 2018 8:33 PM

I first got this iris as a bareroot plant in November of 2017. I potted it up into a 1 gallon pot and kept it moist into spring of 2018.

In spring of 2018 (amazed that it was still alive, in part because it was getting too warm and sunny on the patio where it had been growing), I put the potted iris underneath a deciduous oak (where I already had a couple of in-ground PCIs growing). It stayed in that pot all summer and fall, with only whatever stray irrigation it might have gotten from the 2x/week sprinklers, plus a rare hit of water from a watering can. (It got some late afternoon sun in that location.)

I went out there today to look at that area (my garden helper had dug a hole there that he wasn't supposed to), and was stunned to find the plant in bloom. A PCI blooming in December?!! And it's still in its one gallon pot (which supposedly is a no-no - no PCIs in pots more than a year).

Color-wise (not to mention a nearby I. confusa), that spot is not an ideal location for this iris. But otherwise yes (another rule broken - no afternoon sun).

What an iris - it is certainly a keeper (if it survives my putting it into the ground somewhere).

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