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Iris Cristata – Dwarf Crested

This darling little iris is a native plant hardy in zone 3 to 9. Iris Cristata is commonly called Dwarf Crested Iris.

Iris Cristata

They are pale blue with gold crested falls and bloom in May here in Wisconsin. They are actually found more commonly further east and south but grow fine in other parts of the country.

They do fine in sun or dappled shade and are tolerant of both wet and dry soil. They will naturalize via shallow rhizomes, kind of like a strawberry. Not bothered by deer and rabbits.

The size of these iris can vary. Some hybrid varieties can be up to 8 inches tall or more. The type that we have here are quite small, about 4 inches, with one inch, blue violet flowers.


Daylily Chicago Cattleya

By Marsh – Klehm – 1980

Daylily Chicago Cattleya

A dormant tetraploid, this purple blend is lavender with a deep purple halo, and blooms midseason. It is really a fusion of purple as multiple shades come into play.  It is 24 inches tall with a 5.75 inch bloom.


Iris Intermediate Loreley

By Goos and Koenemann -1906

This historic iris was registered as a TB but is now considered IB. It is really hardy and thrives on neglect. The name comes from the siren of the Rhine who with her song enchanted sailors and lured them to their death.

The standards are a glowing yellow while the falls are a velvety violet with distinct white and yellow veining and butter yellow edges. The beard is lemon yellow.

This plant is a vigorous grower with healthy foliage tinged at the base. Also a heavy bloomer. Cheerful!!


Daylily Trahlyta

By Childs F. – 1982

Daylily Trahlyta and Anne Welch

A beauty at 30 inches tall which is a dormant diploid and an early midseason Rebloomer.  He is a plant that you know is different enough, that you will not mistake him for another.

The 6.5 inch flower is a dusty violet with a bright purple, star shaped eye zone over a green throat. It is ruffled and recurved with prominent mid ribs to complete the star effect. Plus she is fragrant!


Daylily Seedling Borders on Merlot

Unregistered seedling by Matel – 2013

Daylily Seedling Borders on Merlot

This is the result of one of my first attempts at hybridizing. The seedling used as the pod parents was from a gift of my second group of seedlings from a friend LG.

The 5 inch flower is rose to lavender with a darker halo and some mottling and streaking that differs from flower to flower. The petals have a very heavy yellow pie crust ruffled edge while the sepals do not. The edge is the same color as the golden throat.

The plant is a 24 inch tall dormant tetraploid.

Parentage:  (Borders on Bordeaux x (Truly Angelic x Shores of Time)


Daylily Loch Ness Monster

By Couturier-G. I – 1992

This is one of my favorites.The silvery lavender spiders seem to curl into the most interesting forms. The spider ratio is 4.40:1. The petals are defiantly darker than the sepals, and the edges and mid ribs are cream colored with varying degrees of ruffling and a few teeth. There is also a darker blended halo and a green throat.

A dormant diploid, It is taller for me than the 25 inches that it is supposed to be, but the sturdy scapes hold up tons of 7.5 inch flowers.

Parentage:  (Lavinia Love x seedling)


Daylily Bela Lugosi

By Hanson – 1995

Daylily Bela Lugosi

The dusky purple petals of ‘Bela Lugosi’ arise from a lime-green throat whose color bleeds into a greenish gold center. It seems to suit this Daylily’s namesake, the Hungarian actor best known for his role as Count Dracula. 

Thanks to a vigorous habit, good bud count on well-branched stalks and a dark flower color that lasts well in sun, this tetraploid, mid-season bloomer has garnered awards from the American Hemerocallis Society. The slightly ruffled flowers measure about 6 inches across.

Semi-evergreen foliage never has any problems in my WI garden.


Daylily Which Way Jim

By Shooter – 1992

Daylily Which Way

This daylily is a dusky dark purple with a darker purple eye zone above a bright green triangle shaped throat. 

A mid-season rebloomer and a dormant diploid he is 26 inches tall with a 5.5 inch bloom.

Parents:  When I Dream × Grand Masterpiece


Daylily Destined To See

By Grace; 1998

Daylily Destined to See

Height 2 feet with a 5 inch bloom; zone 4.

This early, midseason bloomer has an unmistakable pattern and is slightly fragrant.

It is near white with a bluish hue. The large eye zone has a dark purple border that fades to lavender closer to the chartreuse throat. There is a cream colored stripe on the mid rib and a dark purple picotee edge. 

She is an Evergreen tetraploid that does fine in my zone 4 garden.


Iris Boo

By Markham – 1971

They don’t come any cuter than Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB) Iris “Boo”.  She doesn’t get any taller than 12 inches.  An amoena, which means that the standards are white and the falls are colored. In this case there is a crescent shaped purple spot on the falls with detailed veining and penciling near the beards, which are yellow. This cutie won the award of merit in 1976. They are early bloomers and you may want to get down close to smell the sweet fragrance.

Parentage:   Elisa Bee X Warburton 72IJ-1: ((Fairy Flax x Blue Denim) x sibling)



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