Irises forum: What's the largest iris flower you can think of?

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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Oct 8, 2015 9:43 PM CST
Hi Everyone...
Since I am so new to the whole iris thing, I'm looking for ideas - the treasurer of our club is looking for a LARGE iris flower...not the stem/stalk etc, just the individual bloom itself. She is such a great gal and I'd love to find something for her as a surprise. Any thoughts?
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Oct 8, 2015 11:04 PM CST
I'm sure there are bigger, but 'Betty Ford' seemed to stand out in both size and beauty at Superstition this Spring.
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Name: Kayleigh
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HoosierHarvester
Oct 9, 2015 6:12 AM CST
Things slowing down in the garden, and dewey wet cool 55 degree mornings keeping me out of the garden, have a little more time to post.

On this topic, I was extremely impressed with an Iris called Dinosaurian (sp?) Compared to all my other Iris, the flowers were extremely large. The only problem, although Dinosuarian has nice heavy stalks to support the blooms, in wind, it still wants to tople the stalks. Because I was so impressed, I had to measure. Had no help, so had to hold both tape measure and camera which can be extremely difficult. It is actually over 7".

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Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Oct 9, 2015 6:37 AM CST
Another humungous bloom variety is Big Boss! I've never measured it -- but it lives up to its name!!

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It's bluer than the photo suggests -- a gorgeous color, and Iris! Lovey dubby

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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Oct 9, 2015 6:52 AM CST
Although I don't think most hybridizers list bloom size, you could go to the ATP Iris database, too, and pull up the few entered. I got no results in the 6-12 inch range, and five in the 5-6 inch range.
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Name: Pam
Pennsylvania
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Snork
Oct 9, 2015 7:02 AM CST
Supreme Sultan is one of the larger ones in my garden.

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 9, 2015 7:17 AM CST
If you like spoons on your iris, I have three Burseen iris that were the span of my hand (~7 inches):

Purr Form Mints


Mercy Marci


and the biggest was Abby And Me


All are good growers too.
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 9, 2015 7:18 AM CST
If you want really large beardless iris the Louisianas can get better than 8 inches across.
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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
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grannysgarden
Oct 9, 2015 8:34 AM CST
T-Rex. Aptly named.
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Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Oct 9, 2015 9:28 AM CST
I have a historic NOID that has 7-inch blooms.
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South central PA (Zone 6a)
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DaveinPA
Oct 9, 2015 10:18 AM CST
I have measured most of last season's blooms. First number is the width of the bloom from fall to fall in their natural position, second is the height [in mm, with 25.4mm per inch]
Needlecraft-185, 80 [abt 7 1/4 by 3"]
Dusky Challenger-170, 100 [abt 6 1/4 by 4"]
many others are in the 5-6.5" range
Forgot to measure President Pilkington but remember it was quite large.
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
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Muddymitts
Oct 9, 2015 10:54 AM CST
Leslie -- I have a question -- do all/most/many of the Burseen Irises have the horizontal falls?
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Oct 9, 2015 11:43 AM CST
While many are, not all of his space agers are horizontal and most of his non-SA's aren't.

SA's that aren't tend to follow this form:

Pucker Power

Elvis Dreamer

Neither of these is an above average size bloom.
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Name: Darcy
Reno, NV (Zone 6b)
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djinnevada
Oct 9, 2015 1:00 PM CST
Thanks!
I will research these and make a plan for next year's buying season. I know she has Dinosaurian and loves it! (And although I do love the way some of the LA's look, it would be very difficult to make them happy here in the desert. Crying )
Name: Niki
Bend, Oregon (Zone 6a)
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HighdesertNiki
Oct 9, 2015 1:06 PM CST
My avatar, "Into the blue" measured my hand length 7 inches. I was really impressed by a lot of modern iris. Supreme Sultan is the biggest I have seen. I read Well Endowed was big, but I haven't seen it yet. Japanese iris can be very large. I plan on visiting farms next year.
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Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Oct 9, 2015 2:48 PM CST
I had a bloom on Jamaica Me Crazy that was quite huge this last spring. I agree about Dinosaurian. That's All Folks is quite large here in KY, as big as my hand.
Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Oct 12, 2015 4:19 PM CST
That's All Folks was a yellow giant for us this season.
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Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Henhouse
Oct 12, 2015 5:12 PM CST
That's All Folks was large for me too. 'Hoss' is supposed to be pretty big. I was impressed with the size of Grape Echo this year. Wrist to fingertips, my hand is 6 1/2" long..
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iciris
Oct 12, 2015 10:17 PM CST
This was at Superstitions Garden this past spring. "Think Big" got three stars when I saw it.
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"Think Big"

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