By Ron Killingsworth
|A clump of mixed Louisiana irises|
We grow a lot of Louisiana irises -- about 80,000 plants in all, and over 500 varieties. Iris lovers often ask me to name my favorite Louisiana iris, at which point I begin rattling off the names of 15 to 20 varieties. I really do not have an all time "favorite" but I will share some of those that are in my current "top 30" list.
|'Adell Tingle' (Hutchins, B 2006)|
|'Amber Goddess' (Arny, C 1963)|
|'Atchafalaya' (Campbell, F 1998)|
|'Bayou Tiger' (Strawn, K 1993)|
|'Brazos Gold' (Strawn, K 1993)|
|'Bryce Leigh' (Chowning, F 1973)|
|'Flash Harry' (Davis, Penny 2008)|
|'Frank Chowning' (Rowlan, Henry 1984)|
|'Fringed Gold' (Shepard, D.L. 1992)|
|'Gulf Moon Glow' (Faggard, A. 1994)|
|'Plum Good' (Nelson, I 2001)|
|'Point Aux Chenes' (Musacchia, J 2005)|
|'Prix D'Elegance' (Pryor, Heather 1995)|
|'Splitter Splatter' (Grieves, D. R. 2004)|
|'Starlite Starbrite' (Granger, M 1985) and 'Delta Star' (Granger, M 1966)|
|'Tantra' (Dunn, Mary 1998)|
|'Texas Toast' Mertzweiller, J 2005)|
|'Wood Violet' (Dormon, Ruth 0 1943)|
|'Cotton Plantation' (Dunn, Mary 1994)|
|'Heavenly Glow' (Morgan, Richard 1988)|
|'Professor Neil' (Mertzweiller, Joe 1990) and 'Her Highness' (Levingston 1957)|
|'Just Helene' (Mertzweiller, J 1990)|
|'Lone Star' (Campbell, Farron 1997)|
|'Longue Vue' (Haymon, Dorman - 1999)|
|'Navajo Coral' (Shepard, D. L. 1996)|
So, as you can see, I really like some of the older Louisiana irises, irises that are considered "historic" because of their age. We still grow hundreds of irises registered in the period 1920 to 1960. I like the older open forms and the smaller blooms -- yet I also like the more modern fancy ones. I just love too many of them to chose one favorite.
Do you have trouble winnowing down your list to one favorite? Tell us which ones you like and why in the comments section.
If you are interested in growing some of the beauties, contact the Society for Louisiana Irises for more information. You can also learn a lot more about irises by visiting the American Iris Society web site.