Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Jersey Jim

Jersey Jim

J. P. Murphy – 2001 – sdlg x Jersey Spider - 53” height – 8” flower – Dip – Mid-late – Fragrant – Branching (2) – bud count (17) - UFO crispate – semi-evergreen – reblooms – Golden self above tiny green throat








































Jersey Jim is a big, beautiful golden spider that flowers late in the season and continues on for a long time, often reblooming until fall here. The plant is large for a spider type diploid and the scapes are tall. The foliage is more to the chartreuse side of green in my garden. The plant increases quickly and recovers quickly from division. The divisions settle in quickly and usually are an impressive clump by their second year. While the bud count and branching are low, the rebloom and scape density still present a lovely show in the garden. It is very bright in the garden and combines wonderfully with late summer flowers such as zinnia, sunflower, goldenrod and painted daisy.

Jersey Jim has shown excellent rust resistance in my garden for the full five year screening. Jersey Jim is very pollen fertile, but pods are difficult, though I have gotten a few. Seedlings have shown good rust resistance in a fair percentage. I consider it very good for the garden and useful for breeding late blooming spider diploids with rust resistance.