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(SPEC) 'Mrs. M. Foster'

1888, Leichtlin

‘Mrs. M. Foster’. ( Max Leichtlin. 1888). Section Hermodactyloides. Reteculata;

The Garden 33; 366. 21 Apr. 1888. provides "Iris reticulata Mrs. M. Foster.— In the list of our best spring-flowering plants I. reticulata takes a foremost place. I will not now write on its geographical variations, but wish to state what has been accomplished by horticulturists. The typical form was introduced into cultivation about 1865, to which in 1868 the variety Krelagei was added, and it is only about five years since another variety called cyanea was introduced. All these are spontaneous varieties. The late Rev. T. G. Nelson, a thorough amateur horticulturist with a keen discerning eye, tried to improve the type, and within a comparatively short period he was successful. He had no knowledge of I. Krelagei, but he raised from the typical form two very good garden varieties, viz , reticulata major and reticulata caerulea. The former is larger and better in form than the type, and the latter has flowers of a bright blue colour, resembling ultramarine, but not bigger than those of the type. I myself began to sow in 1869, and I now have before me a very good result. A few of the latest raised bulbs have flowers more than double the size in breadth of segments, and the colours range from almost black to the brightest blue. Mrs. M. Foster, which I have called the best, is a rich full flower of the brightest blue with orange markings, the colours somewhat resembling those of Rev. Nelson's caerulea. It flowers, however, from a fortnight to three weeks earlier. Now I. reticulata cyanea, with its sky-blue flowers, by natural or artificial impregnation, is to produce another strain, and I am convinced that within a few years we shall have, yellow and scarlet excepted."

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