(McEwen, 1988) 40" 3 falls Tetraploid
Wine red with a white rim. Payne Award winner!
Currier McEwen was a leader in beardless iris hybridizing. Currier was the first to convert beardless irises from their natural "diploid" state (2 sets of chromosomes) to tetraploid (4 sets of chromosomes). The extra chromosomes multiply the genetic possibilities for each iris. It also has the effect of producing flowers with much heavier substance and typically larger foliage. Japanese Pinwheel is still the best tetraploid JI on the market (my opinion). Though in my garden, it tends to not open fully (see clump picture below). Every time I have seen it in a mid-west or east coast garden it has been spectacular!
(Bauer/Coble, 2013) 36" 9 falls
Our favorite multipetal JI. Blue violet with a white halo. Tall and proud enough to be a good rebloomer for us.
We think it odd that you would name a Japanese Iris after a site in Egypt, but Bob and John are odd ducks! Not to mention brilliant, but the two often go hand-in-hand.
(McEwen by Whitney, 2009) 30" 6 falls Tetraploid.
Though tetraploid JIs are not our favorite thing, this one is really good. White with blue veins. Very striking with heavy substance.
(Aitken, 1996) 34" 6 falls
Deep purple with white rays and multiple tufted style arms neatly arranged on top. Payne Medal winner!
This is probably Terry Aitken's best Japanese iris introduction. It is a great parent, though it can only be the pod parent as it does not have pollen. Its children tend to have excellent form with many style arms that form neat little tufts atop the flower. See Columbia Deep Water as an excellent example.