LOUISIANA IRIS - GENERAL LISTING
LOUISIANA IRISES - FROM H to O INCL
HEATHER PRYOR - one of our favourite Louisiana iris cultivars.
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Explanation of terms used in this catalogue.
Irises have their own descriptive terminology and the explanations of terms listed below are provided here to assist those of you who are new to irises, so that you can better understand the descriptions noted below a little better.
Standard = is really a bearded iris term, but one that is used in a general manner here to describe the three petals of a Louisiana iris which are on top of the lower petals of an open bloom. In most cases, 'standards' are smaller than the lower petals, which are called 'falls'.
Falls= also a bearded iris term, but one that is used here in a general manner to describe the three petals of a Louisiana iris which are usualy larger in size and generally seen under the 'standards' on an open bloom. Falls can sometimes open outwards and then downwards - like a bearded iris.
E = blooms early in the bloom season. M = blooms in the middle of the season and L = blooms later in the season. Re = can re-bloom in autumn and winter as well as in the spring. The actual timing of your own bloom season will vary on where your garden is located. The bloom sequencing in this website are as per the timing of flowers in our garden in Sydney.
Self = a flower with all of its petals being the same colour.
Bitone= a flower with three petals being one tone and three petals being another tone of the same basic colour.
Bicolor= a flower with three petals being one specific colour and three petals being another specific colour.
Rim= the outer edge of the petal (also known as a 'halo' in the USA and an 'edge' in other countries).
Reverse= the colour found on the underside of petals and the only colour that can be seen on an unopened flower.
Style Arms= the three bracts which cover the pollen sacks. They are a very distinctive attribute on Louisiana irises (and most other beardless irises) as they are very clearly seen on an open flower. Style Arms can bear a different colour to the petals, have a different colour on the centre midrib, the tips, the outer edges of the arms or even at the base. They are sometimes just referred to as 'styles'.
Signals= these come in a variety of shapes and sizes on Louisiana irises and are generally described as being a 'line, steeple, blotch or raised'. Some have an outline or 'eyeliner' of a contrasting colour and others have a multiple combination of different types. Originally signals were only found on the 'falls' and indicated to the bees where the pollen sacks could be found on an open flower. These days many modern hybrids have signals on all petals. If the signals are identical on all petals, then they are referred to as a 'star signal pattern'.
Spray, Blush = different types of effects on the petals. Their names really do describe the various effects well.
Water Sprite= this is a term created by us to describe the range of shorter-growing varieties which we have been specifically developing for the last decade or so. These are well suited to smaller gardens or placed in the front of regular-height varieties. They grow in exactly the same way and generally have the same vigour and overall good garden attributes as the regular-height varieties. However, the Water Sprite varieties generally grow no higher than 90 cm. Flowers are usually more petite as well so that the overall effect of a flowering stalk is still in proportion to the flower size etc. We have tried to use purely whimsical names for the Water Sprite varieties because real water sprites are impish folk who generally inhabit small pools.
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LOUISIANA IRISES - GENERAL LISTING H to O
* Next to name denotes a photo of this cultivar available on this page.
HEATHER PRYOR * (John Taylor, 1994, 130 cm, M-L) The soft creamy standards are flushed pink. The falls are cream with a deep rosy-pink blush. Rounded, ruffled blooms on tall, vigorous stalks. This one is a MUST for every garden and is, quite naturally, on of our favourites. AU $10
JUST IMAGINE * (Janet Hutchinson, 2001, 104 cm, M-L) Pretty white standards are veined soft lilac. White falls are sandedand veined lilac. A stunning garden effect is created quickly and easily with this quick-growing cultivar. AU $12
LA STUPENDA * (H. Pryor, 1996, 96 cm, M-L) The superlatives for this cultivar go on and on.... Standards are rose-pink with darker rose border and green-yellow centre wash. The bright, lime-green styles arms are fringed deep rose-pink. Falls are rose-pink with a darker rose border, green-yellow centre wash and lime line signal. Gently ruffled and guaranteed to put some pizzazz into any garden! Like Dame Joan, this one always puts on a great show. AU $10
LA STUPENDA (left), LITTLE BRONZED AUSSIE (centre) and JUST IMAGINE (right).
LADY CECILY * (H. Pryor, 90 cm E-M) WATER SPRITE VARIETY. Fabulously ruffled deep purple self of outstanding quality. Named for dear friend, Cecily Rogers, current President of The Royal Horticultural Society of NSW Inc. Sorry - sold out for 2013.
LITTLE BRONZED AUSSIE * (B.Pryor, 80 cm, E-L) WATER SPRITE VARIETY A charming, ruffled, mid-caramel self with yellow petal edges and long, bright orange steeple signals on all petals - creating a 'star' signal. Ruffled, rounded flowers on petite stalks. Sorry, sold out for 2013.
LOST FOR WORDS * (H. Pryor, 1998, 100 cm, E-M) We were happy when this one came along. It's a soft apricot self with a gentle pink blush and unique, deep maroon veining on all petals. The styles are lemon, but blushed pink at the base. It's a unique blend of pastel hues and is one of the first to bloom each year. AU $12
LOST FOR WORDS (left), LADY CECILY (centre) and NUTCOTE (right).
MAGIC FOR MATTHEW * (J. Hutchinson. 109 cm E) Standards are terracotta-red and slightly lighter in colouration than the Falls. The style arms are terracotta-red and yellow, with a slight green centre. Falls are terracotta-red; deeper towards the petal edges with a nice yellow picotee 'halo' edge. Falls also feature narrow line signals with darker veining. This lightly ruffled beauty can also tend to a terracotta-pink colouration in stronger light. Sorry, sold out for 2013.
NANCY TICHBORNE * (Pryor 2010)
Mid lavender self. Standards with lime line signals and white luminata area around. Falls with a raised, elongated white steeple signal and lime line signals with white luminata area around the line crest. Style arms pale lemon-lime, pale lavender tips. Highly ruffled and rounded flower. Named for New Zealand's premier watercolor artist. AU $20
NUTCOTE * (H. Pryor, 1999, 97 cm, E & Re) Ruffled, ice-blue self with elongated, bright orange linesignals on the falls. Lemon style arms have a pale bluish blush. A regular autumn re-bloomer for us. Named for the home of famed Australian childrens' author, May Gibbs - of Snugglepot and Cuddlpie fame! AU $12
OUR CAROLINE * (H Pryor. 76 cm L)
Standards and Falls are a mid caramel with each petal featuring a lemon rim (or 'halo') and pale lemon petal reverse. Style arms are golden-yellow with a caramel midrib. All petals feature a large golden-yellow blotch signal which has a deep lime-green base; overlaid with a golden-orange steeple signal. The combined signal patterns create a double 'star effect'. Flowers are very ruffled with rounded form and great garden presence. Sibling to other great cultivars, including SUSAN B ANTHONY, YOU LITTLE BEAUTY and FINAL FRONTIER. LIMITED QUANTITIES. Sorry, sold out for 2013.
OUR DOROTHY * (B. Pryor, 2002, 100cm M-L) Falls open lemon, with a cyclament-pink rim. Standards are pale lemon, rimmed cyclamen-pink. Styles are apricot, blushed pink. The entire flower changes fo a pink bitone on the 2nd and 3rd days. Ruffled and truly beautiful. AU $12
OUR CAROLINE (left), NANCY TICHBORNE (centre) and OUR DOROTHY (right).
This page was updated on 29 JANUARY 2013