Unknown iris

Submitted by Lori S. on

I bought this iris labelled as Iris mandschurica.  However, Iris mandschurica is yellow with a yellow beard and brown markings on the falls:


Any idea what I have?  Thanks in advance for any info.




Submitted by RickR on Sun, 06/08/2014 - 20:00

My oirginal Iris suaveolens stocks never grew such long or naked stems, and the light color of the subtending bracts of the flowers seem very foreign.  But I am now growing new suaveolens plants from different seed stock (NARGS), one has just bloomed, and though understandably smaller, it shows the exact form.  Interestingly, it still has two bracts above the long naked stem, but only had one flower.  So I don't know what to say.

Thank you very much for the comments, Ron and Rick.  Edit:   Maggi at SRGC also suggested Iris taurica suaveolens and I think that does seem very likely.   The flowers have the upright, narrow look of both I. suaveolens and I. taurica, so I'd wager it's one of the two, and more the size of I. taurica.

Interestingly, here's the other plants I have as Iris taurica (yellow and blue), juxtaposed against this plant (the two photos on the right).  Sorry, I slipped a gear when I started talking about I. taurica out of context, but I guess I'll leave the photos for comparison anyway.