Irises forum: are these two entries the same thing?

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springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jan 12, 2015 11:15 PM CST
Species Iris (Iris confusa)



Species Iris (Iris japonica)
Name: Zuzu
Northern California (Zone 9a)
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Jan 13, 2015 12:03 AM CST

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The entries are different and should stay different because both species names are accepted, but the photos make me wonder. All the photos look like Iris confusa to me.
Name: Zuzu
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Jan 13, 2015 12:14 AM CST

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According to the Pacific Bulb Society, Iris confusa "is similar to Iris japonica and Iris wattii. It is larger than I. japonica in all parts, but is very similar. At bloom it forms a stem beneath the fan of foliage that can reach 2 ft from the ground to the base of the foliage. Flowers are similar to Iris japonica in pale blue or near white."

In contrast to this, "Iris japonica , native to Japan, is very common in cultivation and seen as both nearly all white or pale blue color forms. The foliage is semi-glossy and forms fans without any visible stem."

I guess the only major difference is in the stem or lack of stem.
springfield MO area (Zone 6a)
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Frillylily
Jan 13, 2015 6:32 AM CST
oh, ok, well I just ran across the photos and they looked the same to me so I wondered what was up.

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