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TomThumb
Apr 19, 2016 3:32 PM CST
Do any of you know what irises have the longest and fattest horns? I'd like to eventually cross them for this trait. The more dramatic the better!
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Apr 19, 2016 4:36 PM CST
On my phone so hard to pull up pictures, but several Burseen iris meet this criteria. Check out Tobacco Chew and Stolen Identity and go from there.
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Apr 19, 2016 6:03 PM CST
Thanks for the suggestion Leslie Smiling Hurray!
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Apr 19, 2016 8:39 PM CST
For another hybridizer - check out Brilliant Idea.
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Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Apr 19, 2016 11:24 PM CST
This thread went around a couple of years ago... Lots of great pictures of beards.
The thread "Beards!" in Irises forum
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TomThumb
Apr 19, 2016 11:56 PM CST
Thanks Sharry,:) I did see that thread already, but I was wondering if anyone knew what the record holder is on horn length for certain. So far the largest I've seen listed is 1 inch in length.
Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Apr 20, 2016 2:15 AM CST
You guys are all about size Rolling my eyes. Whistling

So which one holds the record so far? I'm assuming you're not considering flounces, & spoons?
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Lilydaydreamer
Apr 20, 2016 2:37 AM CST
I have nothing to compare it with as it is the only one I have with horns, but here is Horned dragonfly
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tveguy3
Apr 20, 2016 3:45 AM CST
It seems to me that once they got so long they turn into flounces, like Canary Feathers.
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Thorn bird seems to have a long horn that also comes out as a flounce at times.
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TomThumb
Apr 20, 2016 9:01 AM CST
Thanks everyone, I'm new to irises so I'm not sure what the exact difference is between a flounce, a horn, and a spoon. Though I've seen enough pictures of spaceage irises to have a pretty good idea. I'm interested in the most extremes of any type really. I've had my eye on canary feathers, but I've never seen horned dragonfly before. I tip my hat to you.

Are there any flounces that are larger then Canary Feathers? What you said about horns usually turning into flounces after a certain point makes sense to me Tom.

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Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Apr 20, 2016 9:26 AM CST
I am watching and learning too. I don't have any so far Crying
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Linneaj
Apr 20, 2016 9:32 AM CST
I bought a bunch last year. Let's see what opens. Smiling
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TomThumb
Apr 20, 2016 9:45 AM CST
I know that feeling Teresa, I've just ordered 4 so far. Crying Kidpower having the longest horns of the bunch. Now that I've found spaceage irises I'll probably be buying more of them then I can afford. That's why I'm hoping I can find someone who has already compared most of them in person. Then I could hopefully narrow it down to a top 5.

Hyperspace is promising
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And a few others that caught my eye

High Flying Flamingo

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Fuzzy Wuzzy Rocket is the sort of beard style I'm looking for mostly though. Only with the goal being to get them even longer, while maintaining that fat caterpillar look :)


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Dachsylady86
Apr 20, 2016 10:29 AM CST
Henhouse said:You guys are all about size Rolling my eyes. Whistling

So which one holds the record so far? I'm assuming you're not considering flounces, & spoons?


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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Apr 20, 2016 10:37 AM CST
Of the fuzzy beard type I think Fuzzy Wuzzy, Tobacco Chew and Brilliant Idea are the fattest.



The longest? Not sure, but Elvis Dreamer sure has long ones!




This would be a flounce:
, also Lacy Chandelier above

A Pom pom is a flounce on steroids: Blue J has many pictures of them on their site.


There are horns such as Thornbird usually has:

Then feathered horns - as you see in Canary Feathers above.




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Name: Teresa
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bluegrassmom
Apr 20, 2016 10:55 AM CST
Oh, wow this is opening up a whole new world.
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irisarian
Apr 20, 2016 2:22 PM CST
The only space we have is 'Punk' which is a mini dwarf, not what you wish to grow.

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TomThumb
Apr 20, 2016 3:50 PM CST
Leslie, Elvis dreamer definitely looks to be a step in the right direction for my goals. Also possibly Lava Moonscape, though Elvis looks longer. Appears to be the longest so far..haha nodding

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Anyone know of longer? Is there perhaps a iris database with a search engine for beard length?

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Barbalee
Apr 20, 2016 4:32 PM CST
This is a very cool thread. I know nothing, but I'm learning a lot. Keep it coming! Thank You!
Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Apr 20, 2016 6:37 PM CST
TomThumb - that would be a very specialized database indeed if it had beard length!
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