Reading The Catalogue:
Bloom time can vary according to weather conditions and location.
- EE:extra early
- E: early season
- EM: early to mid season
- M: midseason
- ML: mid to late season
- L: late season.
The first line contains the cultivar's name, followed by the name of the hybridizer.
Ht. Height of scape and Fl. Flower size.
Next in the line is
- Dor: Dormant foliage is deciduous, that is it dies each fall; the plant normally requires a dormant period (winter).
- Sev: acts as a Dormant in our climate but will remain green in warmer climes; normally does not require a dormant period but will rest.
- Ev: Does not require a dormant period and if the climate allowed (greenhouse) it would continue to grow. However in our climate the foliage freezes and dies.
Dip or Tet means Diploid (22 chromosomes) or Tetraploid (44 chromosomes). This term is used mainly by hydridizers. (One can only cross- pollinate a dip with a dip or a tet with a tet.) In some cases you cannot tell the difference by looking at them; in general terms, a Diploid daylily is more delicate with graceful foliage; the Tetraploid is bolder, more robust looking with heavier more upright foliage, larger blooms with heavier substance.
Miniature Dwarf Bearded (MDB)
The smallest and earliest of the bearded iris. Start to bloom in late April through early May. Height up to 8 inches. They make great rock garden and front of border plants. Top award is the Caparne-Welch Medal (CW)
Standard Dwarf Bearded (SDB)
These iris grow from 8 to 15 inches tall, and bloom from early May to early June. They are vigorous growers and quickly form clumps. Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris do well in the border and rock gardens, and tolerate shade better than the taller varieties. Top award is the Cook Douglas Medal.
Border Bearded (BB)
These plants grow shorter than the Tall Bearded Iris (16 to 27 inches) but bloom at the same time. They display well. Better than Tall Bearded Iris for areas exposed to wind. Good Border Bearded Iris have slightly smaller flowers than TB in order to stay in proportion. Top award for this class is the Knowlton Medal (KM).
Tall Bearded (TB)
These plants are 27 inches or higher, blooming in very late May to late June. Top award for this class is the John Wister Medal (JW).
The top award for all iris is the Dykes Medal (DM).
|Blend||Combination of two colours
|Plicata||Stitched or stippled margin on lighter background
|Self||Standard and Falls same colour
|Horned||Beard is uplifted and usually ends in a point
|Veins||Lines of contrasting colours
|Falls||Lower petals of the flower
|Standards||Upper petals of the flower
|Shoulders||Top part of falls