Seed parent: Moraea macronyx
Pollen parent: Moraea tricolor
The parents are both low-growing plants whose flowers last for only a single day. In captivity here in California, they tend to bloom on the first sunny day after they're watered, so I have set my drip irrigation system to water on Friday night, giving me a better chance of seeing flowers when I'm home over the weekend. The plants bloom on and off for several weeks to over a month, in early spring.
Moraea macronyx has a beautiful white and yellow flower:
Moraea tricolor is usually bright pink with yellow nectar guides, and subtle striping on the tepals:
Put them together, and here's what you get: MM 12-143a.
The outer tepals are yellow, with some dark read streaks on them. The inner tepals are are mostly dark red with a yellow background, while the style crests (the upright things in the center) are white, veined with dark mauvey red. It's not exactly beautiful, but I think it's very interesting to see how the colors combine, and I can't wait to see what will happen with further breeding.
These plants bloomed as two-year-old seedlings, still in the seed cup.