Friday, January 23, 2009

Intermediate Bearded Iris 'Confederate Soldier'

An Historic Intermediate Iris that is in our collection is a distinctive plicata colour tone not often seen a lot in bearded Irises, well described in checklist description below as a lavender, grey, blue. Clumps up well with an abundance of bloom stalks.

Nichols Iris Gardens 1978 Median Introductions

CONFEDERATE SOLDIER IB 18" (Lucy Lee x Rococo) X Knotty Pine.
Well formed and ruffled lavender-gray-blue plicata with orange beards. Fine branching. Fertile 5-6 buds

The Iris Yearbook (BIS), 1990, “Shorter Bearded Irises in 1990”, page 61, C.E.C. Bartlett.
A much overlooked shorter IB is 'Confederate Soldier' (H.Nichols '74) a white ground, greyed mauve plicata which is absolutely reliable, typically with five buds per stalk and frequently more than one stalk per rhizome.

1979 AIS Checklist
CONFEDERATE SOLDIER (H. Nichols, R. 1974). Sdlg. 22115A. IB 16" (41 cm) M-L. S. lavender-grey-blue; F. white, banded lavender-grey-blue; orange and white beard. (Lucy Lee x Rococo) X Knotty Pine., Cordon Bleu 1978.

Available in the USA from International Iris

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