|Magnolia grandiflora blossom (commonly known as the southern magnolia)|
|Southern Magnolia blossom bud|
Meantime this "wildflower", that does grow wild in LA and many other states in the south and up the Mississippi River, continues to be grown across the United States and in many foreign countries. Some of the most prolific hybridizers (those who cross one iris with another) of LA irises are located in New Zealand and Australia.
|LA Irises growing in "Bayou"|
|'C'est Si Bon'|
|'Cedar Bayou' (Strawn, K 1993)|
|'Bayou Mystique' (Dunn, Mary 1988)|
|'Bayou Shadow' (Arny, Charles 1978)|
|'Bayou Sunset' (MacMillian, W.B. 1945)|
For those who chose to use "swamp" instead of "Bayou", there are seven LA irises with swamp as part of their name.
|Species LA Iris growing in swamp near Abbyville, LA|
|'Swamp Giant' (Nelson 1949)|
|'Swamp Pioneer' (Faggard, A 1994)|
|'Swamp Monster' (Durio, K 1992)|
|'Cajun Love Story' (Haymon, D 1999)|
|'Cajun Sunrise' (Mertzweiller, J 1992)|
|'Wild Cajun' (Rowlan, H 1989)|
|'Cajun Merry' (Dunn, M 1995)|
Want more LA irises with "cajun" in the name? How about Cajun Pinstripe, Cajun Wedding, Kentucky Cajun (go figure that one!), Cajun Lace, Cajun Angel, Cajun Belle, Cajun Cookery... The list goes on and on.
If you want to learn more about the "Cajuns" of south LA, visit Acadian Cajun for a history of the cajuns with lots of pictures and even genealogy! If you are interested in cajun food, visit The Creole and Cajun Recipe Page.
If you are interested in growing LA irises, look back at previous posts on this blog that cover that subject. Until next time, keep growing those irises and strive to learn more about LA irises and the cajuns of south LA!