Under the Sun

Bearded Iris

Common Name: Under the Sun

Classification:   TB 38" ML

Height:  38"

Exposure:  Full Sun

Plant Zones:  6-7

Bloom Time:  Mid-Late Season

Originator: Mike Lockatell, 2015

Price:  2-quart pot - $35.00


Prior to dedicating my breeding efforts to rebloom, I made a 2001 impulse cross pollination at my garden in the Flatrock section of Powhatan County, VA. Each parent, however, turned out to have fall flowering roots in their pedigrees. The Cordoba (Ghio, 1998) and Silent Rain (Burseen, 1997) combination produced seedlings with nice colors and patterns. My mentor and friend, the late Dr. Lloyd Zurbrigg, made a spring visit to my Powhatan County garden in 2003 during maiden bloom. He was immediately drawn to Lockatell TB Sdlg.#20150-24B-WY. Blooms have primrose yellow standards. Falls are mustard yellow bleeding to white on the edges with tangerine beards.

Registered as Under the Sun in 2013, the spring only bloomer won "Best Seedling" at the 2010 American Iris Society Region 4 Spring Meeting Flower Show. After receiving the Alice Bouldin Cup given by the Eastern North Carolina Iris Society for "Best Seedling" in tour gardens at the 2014 AIS Region 4 Spring Meeting held in Baltimore County, MD, the decision was made to formally introduce Under the Sun.

Under the Sun has unlimited breeding potential for spring only and reblooming bearded irises. The Cordoba genetics offers pollen daubers the opportunity to work for orange and pastel colored rebloomers for warm season and cold season microclimates.

Mike Lockatell and Roots & Blooms are pleased to introduce Under the Sun for 2015. Limited quantities in two quart pots @ $35.00 will be available this spring. Bare root orders will be accepted through mid-August @ $35.00 plus shipping and handling.

For any additional information, inquiries are welcome at 804-330-2916 orCMarti8855@verizon.net.


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