Sunday, April 29, 2012

Tall Bearded space-age Iris 'TRIPLE WHAMMY'

As space age irises go, Ben Hager's selection 'Triple Whammy' has all the bells,whistles and bold purple horns. Large flowers with the colouration similar to 'Sky Hooks', bloom stalks that grow much taller for me than its registered 40 inches so may need to be grown in a sheltered spot or keep those friendly bamboo stakes at the ready around bloom time, it also comes with very vigorous growth and lush, healthy foliage.
'Triple Whammy' would be an interesting pollen parent selection for anyone starting a breeding programme with high expectations of a 'space-age outcome', it was recently used in the cross that produced the great looking reddish, purple and bronze, space-age iris 'Purple People Eater'.

Cooley's Iris Gardens Catalog 2002
TRIPLE WHAMMY (Hager 1990) ML 40"
A very tall space-ager with brilliant yellow standards and bright lavender-white falls. A bold yellow edge encircles the fall deeping at the haft to gold. Impressive bright purple beard, yellow in the throat, grows into a bold purple horn turning upward. Eight to nine buds on widely branched stalks. H.M.92; A.M.95; Wister 96

Contemporary Views, Perry Dyer– 1990
TRIPLE WHAMMY (Hager 1990) is a colorful blending of old gold with light lavender in the falls, then with decadent bright purple beards and horns protruding from the heart. A tall, almost lanky stalk with wide branching, opening 3 large flowers at once. A wild one that is distinctive and most popular.

AIS Checklist 1989
TRIPLE WHAMMY (Ben Hager, R. 1989) Sdlg. SP4884YBldPrHr. TB, 40" (102 cm), M-L S. bright yellow; F. lavender-white center, deep gold hafts, wide yellow edge; bright purple beard and horns. SP4432Tn/Oc: ((Birthstone x Sky Hooks) x Jester) X SP4078: (Barbary Coast x Buckthorn). Melrose Gardens 1990. HM 1992, AM 1995 .

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