Irises forum: Iris hitrioides: anyone growing them?

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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 5:39 AM CST
I'm seeing more varieties offered in bulb catalogs, but have no experience growing these. I've grown I. reticulata for years, and love them, and seeing new color options among some new varieties of I. histrioides, has got me considering trying them.

I read a mention of the bulbs of some varieties, splitting into smaller bulbs after the first bloom (similar to Tulips), and that it can take a few years before they gain enough size to bloom again. I have also read that I. danfordiae demonstrates this tendency, which has kept me from trying them.

Curious about experiences any of you have with these, and if they are reliable perennials.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 17, 2015 5:51 AM CST
Katharine Hodgkin is a cross between it & reticulata which grows well.
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 6:02 AM CST
Thank you Lucy! Katherine Hodgkin is an interesting color too!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Mar 17, 2015 6:03 AM CST
I don't remember this ones name I will have to look it up. I think it is a reticulata not sure.
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I have some danfordiae and another little pale reticulata that I will have to get a photo of. I want to add some of the purple ones this fall.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 6:05 AM CST
Some of the little gems are described as fragrant, which I never realize because I'm not likely to squat down enough to get my nose that low to the ground! There's always that fear I won't be able to get back up, LOL. This has me thinking I need to try forcing some.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Mar 17, 2015 6:07 AM CST
Too funny, Neal!
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 6:12 AM CST
Bonnie, my other method is to just plant lots of something- enough that I can smell them while standing! I've been systematically adding more Hyacinths every year- I want to smell them wherever I happen to be! Imagining a few hundred of a little Iris, planted all together to create a fragrant pool....aaaawwwwww- I've got to do this!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Mar 17, 2015 6:44 AM CST
My imagination is going wild. I am still thinking of your 'blue rivulet' planting of Chionodoxa and waiting to see it bloom.
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 17, 2015 7:11 AM CST
I planted quite a few more 'bulb iris" last fall...of several types....and, with any luck...the next several weeks should see them bloom !
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 7:47 AM CST
`Arlyn, what types? You know we've got inquiring minds around here! LOL
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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Mar 17, 2015 9:58 AM CST
Over the last two years:
I. danfordiae
I. reticulata (Cantab)
" (Edward)
" (Gordon)
" (Harmony)
" (J.S.Dijt)
" (Springtime)
" un named mixture
I. historides (Frank Elder)
" (George)
" (Katherine Hodgkin)
" (Sheila Ann )
also ,some "mixed' English iris (Dutch don't do well here, but the English, or Spanish iris are supposed to be more "hardy"

Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Mar 17, 2015 10:08 AM CST
What a collection, Arlyn! I want to see photos when they bloom.
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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Mar 17, 2015 10:38 AM CST
I grew danfordiae at my last house, but for the life of me can't remember much about it.. I guess I'll have to try it again (one of the joys of gorwing older.. everything is new again!)..

I planted bucharica this year. I noticed, when I was watering yesterday, that they had popped out of the ground. Now I play the waiting game for bloom..

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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 17, 2015 11:43 AM CST
Arlyn what is your source for the bulbs? I have not seen as many varieties.
Name: Arlyn
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crowrita1
Mar 17, 2015 12:01 PM CST
https://www.mzbulb.com/ McClure and Zimmerman....they have lots of "unusual" stuff....species tulips, crocus , etc.
Name: Evan
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eclayne
Mar 17, 2015 12:26 PM CST

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I've tried I. danfordiae a few times, even though I was warned. They didn't bloom and didn't come back even though planted in full sun on a steep slope. Both I. bucharica and Katharine Hodgkin have multiplied and seem happy.
Evan
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 12:27 PM CST
Thanks Arlyn! I'm intrigued by the English Irises, the Dutch varieties are mostly just annuals here, so I've stopped planting them. It's great to hear there is an alternative! Looking forward to finding out how those all perform for you. Please post pics and updates here Smiling

Lucy, Brent and Becky's offers those on Arlyn's list too, aside from the English or Spanish ones.

Sherry, I love I. bucharica, and plan to get more this fall. I had them in my previous garden, and one came along for the ride with a clump of another perennial, and that one has returned every year, with a little increase.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 12:31 PM CST
Thanks, Evan! Great news on Katherine Hodgkin!

I noticed another species Brent and Becky's offered last year, I. winogradowii. No pic and not much info in the data base, but it is creamy yellow with lemon yellow markings and darker freckles. Looks like a sweet one, anyone growing those?
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Bulbs Cottage Gardener Roses Irises
Garden Ideas: Level 2 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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gemini_sage
Mar 17, 2015 3:48 PM CST
Been looking into English, or more correctly known as Spanish Iris, I. latifolia. Where have these beauties been all my life? I wish more vendors were offering them on this side of the pond!
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Mar 17, 2015 6:22 PM CST
The 'English' irises seemed to be prone to virus, so people have stopped buying them, as the petals turn 'streaky'.

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