Louisiana Irises
From the slide collection of and ©
Dr. Clyde Ikins

Digitized by Dr. Jerry Parsons and the San Antonio Botanical Garden
Provided to Victoria-Adventure by Dr. Jerry Parsons and Duane Eaton
Reproduced with the permission of all parties

Historical and Hybridizing Notes
by Dick Sloan - Click images to enlarge

Amber River is my1984 registration. This is pictured in my group, and that picture is more the depth of color it looks for me. This looks the right Iris but richer colored-may be due to various things, such as shade, culture, climate.

Art World is a Taylor, from Australia, Iris registered in 1986. Taylor made trips to the US conventions and gardens, but has recently retired from hybridizing and the commercial garden no longer exists. 

Bayou Comus, from Charles Arny of Lafayette, LA, in 1969. Arny was for many years the leading hybridizer, and won by far the most Debaillon awards presented to the year's best by Society for Louisiana Irises through American Iris Society. He died some years ago. 

Bayou Honey, from Rowlan, of the Little Rock, AR area, now dead. This is a red-brown and not honey colored. Registered in 1983. 

Bayou Shadow, from Charles Arny, registered in 1978. 

Bourbon Street is from Mary Dunn, CA, dead a few years. Her last seedlings were registered and introduced by Joe Ghio, along with his last, in 2003. I understand he will now concentrate on bearded Irises. Both Mr. and Mrs. Dunn were hybridizers, producing amazing numbers of great Irises from a small city lot. He is still active with bearded Irises. Mary Dunn won a number of Debaillon awards. This Iris is described as tan brown standards, red brown falls, but another picture shows similar shades of red, so I am not absolutely sure of its identity. 

Cajun Country, from Ben Haager, CA, who worked will all kinds of Irises, daylilies and daffodils. He won top awards in both bearded and Louisiana Irises. 

This may be Charles Arny III.

Chateau Michelle is from Mary Dunn, 1985. 

Clara Goula, Arny 1975. This is a famous Iris, bringing in the modern ruffled, wide petaled form. Charles Arny gave a group of seedlings to his neighbor, Dick Goula. When this bloomed among them, it was returned, registered by Arny with Dick's mom's name, and went on to win all honors. Later Arny registered Over Fence Generosity, in commemoration of the event. 

Commandment from Taylor in 1979. 

Creole Can-Can. Marvin Granger. Collected on a Cameron Parish swamp collecting trip and registered in 1956, this is the only double Louisiana ever found. Marvin, from south west LA, produced a number of doubles from this, by much work since the doubles have little or no pollen. Granger, recently dead, went on to win a Debaillon award for a single Iris and an AIS Hybridizer's award. 

Creole Flame, from Wyatt, MO, 1973. Good grower everywhere. A nice red.

E. C. Everingham from Raabe, Australia, 1976. The petals have a fine white edge, not evident in the picture.

Helen Naish, 1979. John Taylor of Australia produced many great white Irises. 

Jet Ace. Taylor, 1986. Described as white standards, light yellow falls.  

Katherine L. Cornay, Arny, 1962. This Debaillon winner is still grown. Some of the early winners are apparently extinct, at least as identified plants. We have thus lost part of our society heritage. 

Lavender Ruffles, Goula, 1979.  

Lina is by Taylor in 1986. 

Mac's Blue Heaven from W.B. McMillan, in 1970. Mr. McMillan was a noted hybridizer of daylilies and Louisianas. His, and his wife's nurse, before she nursed him, Mrs. Lucille Guidry, also became a noted daylily hybridizer. His gardener, Olivier Monette, also produced many great daylilies, and one of the McMillan Louisiana Irises is named Olivier Monette -- pronounced Mo-nay. Irises with contrasting colored light style arms are still being produced as they seem particularly attractive. 

Margaret Lee, Taylor, 1989. The reverses of the petals of this Iris are buff, and contrasting colors on the petal reverses make opening flowers more interesting. 

Marie Caillet, Conger, 1963. This won the Debaillon, and is one of a number named in honor of Marie Caillet. It is pictured on the front cover of Pond & Garden, May/June, 2001, which features an excellent article and pictures by Marie. However, the page 44 picture labelled Edith Wolford, isn't. (Note: The Pond & Garden pages are large -- not recommended for dialup connections.) 

May Roy from Granger registered in 1969. One of Marvin's singles.

Mrs. Ira Nelson, Arny 1959. Still an attractive Iris, quite widely grown, this was a Debaillon winner. Mrs. Nelson now lives in Indiana with a daughter. She is one of our 3 SLI charter members and was active in the society. Her husband, killed in a car wreck long years ago, taught at the university in Lafayette, and was one of the leading people in organizing SLI in 1941. The Nelson home in the Lafayette area has recently been up for sale. A swampy area there contained old hybrids, unlabelled. 

Parade Music, R. Morgan, 1983. Mr. Morgan is elderly and no longer grows Irises. He was one of the Little Rock area men who continued on with Frank Chowning's efforts in producing beautiful flowers more adapted to northern areas. Several of his most recent hybrids have been hits at convention gardens and there may still be one or two seedlings to be registered.  

Phoenix Red Velvet. Beverly Dopke, 1987. An Ann Chowning offspring. Ann was a famous red, and many have been produced from it. Yes, Louisianas are grown in the desert, and the Shepards, in Phoenix, have registered a number, the most recent in 2004. The SLI convention is in Tucson in April, 2005. 

Joe Mertzweiller, of Baton Rouge, brought tetraploids into the Louisianas. His were all named Professor ------. < Professor Ike, 1973, is for Ike Nelson, mentioned above. Professor Jim >, 1986, won a Debaillon award. Newer tetraploids by other hybridizers use a variety of names. Some of the Mertzweiller seedlings, both diploid and tetraploid, are still under evaluation and a few will be registered.

Red Snapper is Arny 1979. 

Rose Cartwheel is a Granger double, from 1980. This still grows beautifully in the Caillet Pond, as does his blue double Delta Star. 

Ruth Sloan, mine from 1984. From Mertzweiller's yellow President Hedley X E.H.Martyn, a yellow from Australia. I was so proud of this I bought a color cover for the AIS quarterly, and sold enough the first year to pay for that. It isn't very vigorous, a no-no for Louisiana Irises. It does best in very mild climates. Pendant form. 

Sunny Episode, from Henry Rowlan of the Little Rock area, in 1983. This beautiful yellow does fine in the north and everywhere. I'm pouting! 

Vermillion Treasure. Dorman Haymon, 1986. The Vermillion River runs through Lafayette and some form of the name is used for a number of Irises. Dorman is from the Lafayette area and has recently won a Debaillon for his Praline Festival. 

Yellow Web, from Arny 1977. The first webbed flower I knew was McMillan's Harland K. Riley, still a beauty, but not bud hardy for me. Looking back through the registrations it appears veining was always present, even in collected Irises. Recent hybrids still frequently feature this type of pattern.  

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