Plant ID forum: Unknown Iris sp.

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Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
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JonnaSudenius
Jan 11, 2015 1:30 PM CST
Got this plant in a trade, suppose it's a hybrid. Would like to know which Iris. It does set seed.

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Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jan 16, 2015 1:13 PM CST
Hi Jonna,

I am not versed in Iris and Pictures are not my forte, but here goes...since it was in a swap and possibly a hybrid, are you looking for the possible species? It appears to be Iris germanica, considered to be the grand parent of most bearded irises.

http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFind...

Guessing at the height, maybe Iris pumila, a bearded dwarf iris?

http://iris.onrussell.com/inventory.asp
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Jan 17, 2015 12:59 PM CST

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It's definitely a hybrid, there aren't any wild species that look quite like that. If it's a named cultivar, it would be in the Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris class. But, identification of the correct cultivar is going to be very difficult. There are many named SDBs that look roughly similar. Based on the form, it's probably an older variety, pre-2000 at least.
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Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
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JonnaSudenius
Jan 17, 2015 2:36 PM CST
Thank you Jean and Kent.
How about sowing the seeds? Any idea how they will look like?
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jan 17, 2015 2:58 PM CST
Most welcome, Jonna.
As for looks, if you have the space and the patience you may well end up with some real beauties. Since your plant is probably a hybrid, Chances are high that they may revert to what the parent plants looked like, rather than the plant seeds were collected from. You could also get some interesting offspring. And that is about as much as I can safely say on the subject. Sighing!

But, I did find some info for you on crossing bearded Irises, that you may find interesting.

http://plantxing.com/2013/09/10/how-to-cross-bearded-irises/

http://www.winterberryirises.com/hybridizing_bearded_irises

http://www.chapmaniris.com/id36.htm
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Jan 17, 2015 6:20 PM CST

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What you'll get depends on where the pollen came from. Do you have other irises nearby? If it is self pollinated, the seedlings will probably mostly resemble the parent. But, you never know. Shrug!

My blog shows a tiny example of the range of colors you might get from SDB seedlings:

http://garden.org/blogs/view/KentPfeiffer/
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
Sedums Winter Sowing Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: Belgium Region: Europe
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Seed Starter Plant and/or Seed Trader Salvias Herbs Cut Flowers
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JonnaSudenius
Jan 20, 2015 1:05 PM CST
Thank you Jean and Kent. I think I will try to germinate some. I love Iris.
Name: Jean
Prairieville, LA (Zone 9a)
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Moonhowl
Jan 20, 2015 1:39 PM CST
Looking forward to your results.

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