Irises forum: Chimeras! Oddities of Nature

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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
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Zencat
May 15, 2015 9:04 AM CST
This has been a very weird year. The weather is weird, the flowers are weird. We have iris blooming out of sequence and not looking as they normally would.

A chimera is caused by a mutation during development. What causes the mutations are several factors. In my research, I have found cold and herbicides to be the most common. Shape, size, petal count, color, form and height can all be affected.

Post your pictures here! Tell us what cultivar, if you know it, and why it's different.

I'll start with this NOID purple. We had a snow storm that caused these changes. Most flowers are normal but you can see several are not. They are paler, streaked and, in some cases, deformed.
Thumb of 2015-05-15/Zencat/3664c3

These were the most affected.
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Petal count was also different. This one has 2 falls, 2 standards and 2 style crests that are fused.
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I. germanica also showed signs. It had 2 blooms like the above and the rest were mostly normal. This one, however, showed a color change.
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Earl of Essex. Normally 35" tall had a stalk only 2". The flower was not affected.


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Name: Mary Ann
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Muddymitts
May 15, 2015 9:11 AM CST
I've got a couple of pictures somewhere -- I'll get back to this!
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Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
May 15, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Hurray! Mary Ann!

Captain's Choice is also only 2" tall. It's a beautiful flower but I have to climb into the bed to see it. Hilarious!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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grannysgarden
May 15, 2015 10:07 AM CST
I have a few pics..... If I can find them
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
May 15, 2015 10:12 AM CST
This is a shot of Protocol. I was trying to make it look normal by not getting the fourth fall in the photo. Has anyone else had this happen with protocol?
Thumb of 2015-05-15/grannysgarden/2a460b

I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 15, 2015 10:23 AM CST
Wow, Earl looks strange just popping out of the base of the fan! And with 3 buds!
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
May 15, 2015 10:41 AM CST
I took this one yesterday. A late bloom on Jewel Baby. I think JB is know for showing of no matter what the climate conditions have been.
Thumb of 2015-05-15/grannysgarden/aa0365

I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
May 15, 2015 10:53 AM CST
Bonnie, I heard someone else say that about JB, too. 4 falls/standards a lot.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
May 15, 2015 11:00 AM CST
If I remember correctly that was Arlyn....... but I seldom remember correctly anymore. lol
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
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Zencat
May 15, 2015 11:09 AM CST
Could be!

I found this one just now.
Thumb of 2015-05-15/Zencat/f32f96

Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
May 15, 2015 12:51 PM CST
Once you start looking...

I. pallida. Three falls, 2 standards, one style crest and 2 stamens.
Thumb of 2015-05-15/Zencat/8ae8a1

Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 15, 2015 5:35 PM CST
grannysgarden said:If I remember correctly that was Arlyn....... but I seldom remember correctly anymore. lol


Yes, it was Arlyn, and he posted a pic of his chimera Jewel Baby on my It's The Most Wonderful Time... thread.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
May 15, 2015 5:55 PM CST
Uh... Houston, we have a problem. The Acoma have come back from their journey, but something is just not right.
Houston: Roger that, we have them on visual.

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(1 standard, 2 falls, 3 style crests and 3 beards not in sync with the style crests)


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(2 standards, 3 style crests, 4 falls and beards)
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
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Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
May 15, 2015 5:57 PM CST
Alien Acoma?
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 15, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Here's a picture of one of the bloom stalks on Decadence:
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Shrug!

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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Muddymitts
May 15, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Muddymitts said:Here's a picture of one of the bloom stalks on Decadence:
Thumb of 2015-05-15/Muddymitts/a9c68c

Shrug! I had many like this.



Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. ([url=www.tut.com]www.tut.com[/url])
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
May 15, 2015 6:05 PM CST
That is a really odd deformity for decadence. It does not have one too many or few falls it is completely unrecognizable as decadence.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
May 15, 2015 6:39 PM CST
Those really are odd, aren't they. If I were new to iris and these opened, I wouldn't know what to think.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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grannysgarden
May 15, 2015 6:41 PM CST
I would not have recognized it Celia. I probably would have thought it was a new kind of iris.
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
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Zencat
May 15, 2015 6:42 PM CST
And an ugly one, at that. Hilarious!

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