Iris ID

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David N
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Iris ID

I bought this pictured Iris at a plant sale, assuming it was a Iris reticulata. It spent the 1st 2 yrs growing leaves about 14 cm tall and did not flower. It was well behaved in my mound. Now, this year, the leaves jumped up to 54 cm and it flowered. The flowers are very delicate and were only 20 cm tall. It is definitely NOT behaving like a dwarf iris. I am wondering if it is a Iris versicolor (the catch-all). According to recent chromosome studies, both versicolor and virginica are descendants of Iris setosa. Or maybe its just an over size reticulata since the leaf ht in proportion to the flower ht is about right. Any ideas? Next stop may be the Iris Societies?

David N
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Joined: 2017-06-26

Sorry, here is a pic of the iris in the mound. Definitely oversized!

David

David N
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Joined: 2017-06-26

Here is the plant picture :(

David

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Sorry for the late reply. I don't see the second pic, but I don't think it matters. If your flowers are blooming "down inside" the foliage, then it is Iris graminea. Your flowering height is normal, as is the height of the foliage now that it is mature. The flower itself is a match for I. graminea, but without the other information you give, it could also have been something else. Personally, I think this species is one of the best irises for foliage. Always neat and clean, dark green and durable. Let a couple flower go to seed. The winged seed pod is different from other irises and very distinctive.

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

David N
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Joined: 2017-06-26

Thank you Rick. Yes, it definitely fits the Iris graminea pics and your description. It is a very pretty flower.
David

David

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