Unknown Beautiful Dwarf Iris

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Orlowski
Title: Guest
Joined: 2010-02-01
Unknown Beautiful Dwarf Iris

Hi All,
I thought I had acquired Iris cristata, but it does not match pics. It is a gorgeous iris as you can see in the photo. It is a dwarf with good sized flowers and bloomed in late spring.


Thank you,
Remy

RickR
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-09-21

Hi Remy,

I am pretty sure it is Iris tectorum.  Spotting can be variable on the falls, but the blotches on the standards are a suspect to me: could it be virused?

I grow the species from three different sources.  The first was from seed labeled "Iris milesii", the second is run-of-the-mill species, and the third is the form from Sun Moon Lake.

       

             

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Orlowski
Title: Guest
Joined: 2010-02-01

Hi Rick,
Thanks for the ID!! I did a quick search, and the spotting on the falls is normal. One iris fanatic I know of on Dave's Garden has a photo posted there http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/236277/ He would certainly know if it was a virus. Also, Niche Gardens pic show the spots too http://www.nichegardens.com/catalog/item.php?id=1538.  They are must be very variable in appearance.
Thanks again!
Remy

Of course now I still need iris cristata : )

Anne Spiegel
Title: Member
Joined: 2010-01-26

Remy, I grow a pretty wide range of Iris cristata and would be happy to supply some seed next year if you like.

Orlowski
Title: Guest
Joined: 2010-02-01

Thank you Speigel!! I'll get in touch with you next spring : )
Remy

RickR
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-09-21

I was talking about the blotches on the standards, not the falls.  Notice they have a different look to the margins, compared to the spots on the falls.  I am really not very familiar with virus in iris, as I am on Liliums.  I'd be interested to hear what that other person has to say.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Orlowski
Title: Guest
Joined: 2010-02-01

Rick,
I totally misunderstood you! I'm not sure the streaks were really there if it was a lighting optical illusion or just momentary darkness. The photos from the next day don't show the markings there in the same place.

Remy

RickR
Title: Moderator
Joined: 2009-09-21

Whether they were an optical illusion or a disappearing act, that's a good thing.
 
--- optical illusion=no virus

--- disappearing=no virus(I think).  I've never heard of virus color breaks changing with age, but I could be wrong.

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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