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As a comment about Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Rosalie Figge'), Polymerous wrote:

This is being sold by Greenwood Garden as 'Frequent Violet'. Their website has the notation "(R. Figge)" after the name 'Frequent Violet' in their plant list. I asked them if this ('Frequent Violet') was the same plant as 'Rosalie Figge', and they said "yes".
Name: Lucy
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irisarian
Apr 10, 2016 11:25 AM CST
Rosalie Figge was an irisarian & hybridizer. There is also a plant by that name. I think someone there is confused. why would they have a plant by 2 names?
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Polymerous
Apr 10, 2016 1:54 PM CST
I don't know how or why they got started but they were selling it under the 'Frequent Violet' name. (My guess is that maybe because they also sell 'Frequent Flyer', they wanted to link, by name, the rebloom qualities of this plant ("just like 'Frequent Flyer'!"), but differentiate the colors.) It sounds like when they tried selling it under the proper name, 'Rosalie Figge', the contractors/landscapers who purchase from them got confused, so it was in their best business interests to just keep using the 'Frequent Violet' name. Per my email inquiry:

"To answer your other questions: yes, our 'Frequent Violet' is the same plant as 'Rosalie Figge' but landscapers in our area had gotten used to our name. It got confusing enough that we just list it as 'Frequent Violet' in our catalog."

At least they put the "(R. Figge)" after the 'Frequent Violet' name, which led me to inquire about the plant's identity. If they hadn't, I probably would have purchased it thinking it was a different plant (I already have 'Rosalie Figge' on order from an iris specialty nursery). I do wish, if they insist on continuing to sell it under the 'Frequent Violet' name, that they would put a line in their catalog that would clarify this point - that its proper name is 'Rosalie Figge'.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 10, 2016 9:20 PM CST
See how many people will be growing it under the wrong name. Especially landscaper use. Not good business a all.
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Polymerous
Apr 10, 2016 9:31 PM CST
Not "good business" for the iris world, certainly... but maybe "good business" dollar-wise, for them. (Just so you understand... I'm not taking their side in this. I don't like it when plants get mis-identified. I just posted all of this as a clarification.)
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Apr 11, 2016 8:26 AM CST
People who sell irises, daylilies, peonies & lilies etc. should have an obligation to get the correct plants. Against the seller , just sayin'.

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