Species-Cross or Species-x is a hybrid of two different species of iris crossed in the hopes of getting a plant with a wider cultural window. Thus able to grow in many different conditions, also hopefully to bring a new and different pattern or color palette to a plant and bloom.
“Pseudata” are a cross between plants with Iris pseudacorus backgrounds and Iris ensata (Japanese, Hanashobu). The iris world is very fortunate that Hiroshi Shimizu shared many years of his work finding a good pod parent (‘Gubijin’) so all hybridizers could explore the possibilities that this cross may bring to the garden. For details please go to Eye Shadow Iris.
These plants emerge very early in the spring, with many having light green to very bright chartreuse foliage; this color adds a shocking brightness to the garden, that I find very pleasing to work with. The coloring will change as the daylight sun gets stronger and brighter, with the plants greening up by bloom time; this is most evident in cloudy maritime zones and may not be as strong elsewhere.
Many of these plants have the vigor and versatility of Iris pseudacorus being able to grow in water, rain gardens, or an average perennial garden given 1-2 inches of water a week; however unlike Iris pseudacorus that is invasive with seed, these plants are sterile or nearly so. If you do get a seed or two, save and plant it, they are special. Please visit our culture pages for further information.
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|Ally Oops||Borglum ’02||A presumed cross between a Siberian and Iris pseudacorus. Full sun to lightly filtered with loose rich moist soil, deciduous. Very hardy, blooms in May. Height: 36″ Zone 4-9|
|Antique Brass||Harris ’18||$35.00
“Pseudata” bright gold yellow with red overlay. Spring foliage is bright chartreuse, blooms late June-July. Height 48″ Zone 3? 4-9
|French Buttercream||Harris ’16||$ 30.00
“Pseudata”, large round cream colored blooms above the soft fountain foliage. A vigorous and large plant. Foliage is bright chartreuse. Blooms late June-July. Height 50-60″ Zone 3? 4-9
|Holden’s Child||Tiffney ’88||Second generation away from a wide cross involving Iris pseudacorus and an unknown gives a robust plant. The dark red violet falls are topped with soft amethyst violet standards. Full sun with a loose rich moist soil. Blooms May. Height: 27″ Zone 4-9|
|Okagami||Shimizu ’08||“Pseudata”, large 4-5″ white blooms purple halo. Foliage is bright chartreuse. Blooms June. Height: 40-42″ Zone 3?, 4-9|
|Roy Davidson Sold Out||Hager ’87||With many 3-inch bright gold flowers in May. ‘Roy Davidson’ is much like one of its grandparents Iris pseudacorus. It can be grown in the water or a moist garden setting. But unlike I. pseudacorus, Roy Davidson is not invasive with seed. Height: 36-42″ Zone 3?, 4-9|
|Unexpected Surprise||Harris ’18|| $35.00
Child of ‘Gubijin’ self-ed looking like Iris viginica only sterile. Chartreuse spring foliage greening by bloom time late May. Height 36″ and wide Zone 3?, 4-9
|Violet Swallows||Harris ’16||$30.00
“Pseudata”, very robust upright foliage covered with many bright violet blooms. Striking darker violet eyelash markings and yellow standards. Spring foliage is bright chartreuse. Blooms late June, July. Height: 50-60″ Zone 3? 4-9
|Yasha||Shimizu ’10||“Pseudata”, large 4-5″ blooms are grape purple, very bright and showy in the garden, late bloom season. Spring foliage is bright chartreuse. Blooms June Height: 38″ Zone 3?, 4-9|