Irises forum: All I know is this is an iris....

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Name: Mary
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fiwit
Aug 26, 2011 7:01 AM CST
Legacy plants that came with my house included irises. They all look like this. Can anyone tell me what kind of iris it is?

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close-up of the flower


They have amazed me, because I dug up a portion of the yard for some reason since forgotten, and tossed the dirt into a pile in another area that needed filling. I paid no attention to the bulbs that were in the dirt I was moving it, focusing more on the actual job at hand. Lo and behold, a year or so later, I had gorgeous irises in the dirt's new location! (benign neglect wins again)
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Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Aug 26, 2011 7:53 AM CST
That is definitely an iris but one of the old variants of I.germanica. Shorter than the typical tall bearded and an early bloomer. May have a touch of fragrance. I think I have that one.
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Aug 27, 2011 5:37 PM CST
With the papery spaeths (where the flower is situated. ) is a form of iris pallida. May be a named species cultivar, but defineately a species. Glad that it is doing well for you.
Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Aug 27, 2011 5:42 PM CST
Just wanted to say welcome to the iris forum, Mary. The iris is lovely.
Name: Mary
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fiwit
Aug 27, 2011 6:28 PM CST
I keep forgetting to say thanks for helping... Have to admit, the only thing I understood in Lucy's post was:
Glad that it is doing well for you
Hilarious!

But I think the irises that came with the house are pretty, and wouldn't mind adding some more, at some point.
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Name: Polly Kinsman
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PollyK
Aug 27, 2011 7:00 PM CST
If someone should ask you what the iris is, just tell them it's an old cultivar of historic iris pallida. They probably won't understand a thing, and you'll sound really smart, LOL.

Stick around and you will find lots of pretty irises to spend money on.
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eclayne
Aug 27, 2011 7:02 PM CST

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Hah! Mary do I ever empathize. Big Grin
Here's a link for bearded iris bloom anatomy I've referenced: http://www.leonineiris.com/l9ieducinfo/l9ieduc_beardedflower...
Here one for the American Iris Society encyclopedia entry for I. pallida: http://aiswiki.mallorn.com/bin/view/Spec/SpecPallida

You'll learn tons from these guys and see some beautiful Iris.
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ge1836
Aug 28, 2011 3:15 AM CST
We inherited a early blue also. There were 2 varieties here. Both really lovely,my understanding is the iris came from owners mothers garden .
Cant find the Blue.It grows near the garage and I dont garden there.

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