Louisiana Irises: The Best of the Reds
by Ron Killingsworth
The search for a true red iris has been going on for many years. There are a lot of irises out that include the word "red" as part of the name or of the description, but are they really red?
Various members of the Society for Louisiana Irises have written articles about the search for a true red iris. Some were too technical for me to completely understand but I was able to learn enough to know that a true red iris is yet to be created. There are many Louisiana irises that come very close to being red and there are others that appear to be various shades of red. I thought I would share some of these "red" irises with you.
|'Ann Chowning' by Frank Chowning 1976|
|'Bold Copy' by Henry Rowlan 1983|
|'Captain Bill' by Sidney Conger 1956|
|'Cherry Cup' by Richard Morgan 1988|
|'Choctaw Ridge' by Joe Musacchia 2004|
|'Chuck Begnaud' by Dorman Haymon 1999|
|'Coorabell' by R. Raabe 1988|
|'Creole Flame' by C. Wyatt 1973|
|'Dot Marie' by E. Matheny III 2000|
|'Empress Josephine' by Dorman Haymon 1989|
|'Far and Away' by Mary Dunn 1991|
|'Frank Chowning' by Henry Rowlan 1984|
|'Fringed Gold' by D. L. Shepard 1992|
|'Jean Bush' by Dorman Haymon 1994|
|'Joie De Vivre' by Heather Pryor 1995|
I hope you have enjoyed viewing a few of the Louisiana irises that are (or almost) red. Learn more about the many other colors of Louisiana irises at the Society for Louisiana Irises and learn more about the many different species of irises at The American Iris Society. Stay tuned for Part Two of the best of the reds later in the week. Now get out there and plant some irises!