Saturday, January 4, 2020

Peacock Eyes

Peacock Eyes

2020 - Reeder - Diploid - 
{(Way Up There x (Arterial Blood x Purple Sphere)) x (Pardon Me x Substantial Evidence)} -
32" scape - 3.5" flower - 3 branches - 15 buds - Midseason - Dormant

Flat flower with grape purple petals, pale bluish-lavender eye on sepals and petal eye of reddish purple surrounded by bluish-lavender and edged with a darker blue-purple line above lettuce green to chartreuse throat.

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Peacock Eyes is a lovely small flower on tall scapes with a nicely open flower in a very nice purple tone with a beautiful eye combination that mimics the eyes of a peacock's tail feathers. This selection is from two interesting seedlings and derives from a chance, unplanned pollination that I made in 2013 just to see what would happen. Out of that one day of three flowers pollinated I got two pods that contained a total of ten seeds, six that germinated, and this was the one that made it to first flower. I was so surprised when I saw it flower! Both parents were pretty, but neither had the interesting eye effect. Combining the lovely flower with the flat form of grandparent Substantial Evidence, the rich color of many of the ancestors, the tall, nicely branched scapes of the Mahieu Pit Of Despair lineage and the many small flowers, Peacock Eyes is a great garden plant, beautiful up close and at a distance.

Peacock Eyes is a fast increasing plant that will make a big clump quickly. The plant shows moderate rust resistance, rating B level in the last three years of my screening. The buds and flowers show high resistance to thrips. Sun and rainfast, the rich color holds up well and the well-opened, flat flowers are gorgeous. Peacock Eyes is a wonderful garden plant. The plant is very hardy, with good dormancy, and the clump holds up for multiple years without deteriorating or needing to be refreshed in my garden.

Peacock Eyes is fertile both ways, very pod fertile, and produces a range of interesting seedlings. I have gotten mini flowers from it, sometimes on shorter scapes, sometimes on tall scapes. I have seen higher branching count than I registered it with, and also see a lot of very branched seedlings from it. I have also seen some stunningly colored seedlings, many showing very good resistance to thrips, and often with interesting eye patterns and flat, open flowers. I think it can be an interesting and important breeder for mini flowers and tall-and-small programs, as well as for its other interesting traits, in addition to its wonderful effect in the garden.