Irises forum: What kind of Iris can this be?

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Name: Ann
northcentral OK (Zone 6b)
Bloombuddie
Jul 11, 2016 9:09 AM CST
My daughter was camping last week by Lake Superior in MN. She came across this Iris in the wild. Can someone tell me what kind it is, please?
Thanks, Ann

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 11, 2016 9:44 AM CST
A type of iris cristata perhaps? It doesn't look very tall. Definitely a Species iris of some sort.
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Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 11, 2016 3:43 PM CST
I suspect I. lucusteris (not sure of the spelling). It does look like cristata but is natural to the Great Lakes region.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 11, 2016 8:25 PM CST
I bow to Lucy's knowledge.
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Jul 11, 2016 9:39 PM CST

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Looks more like Iris versicolor to me.

Species Iris (Iris versicolor)
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 12, 2016 5:40 AM CST
versicolors are taller than that. Was it tall or a short stem. the 'Great Lakes' irises are proitected by the way,.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jul 12, 2016 8:40 AM CST
And they should be protected!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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KentPfeiffer
Jul 12, 2016 9:10 AM CST

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Iris lacustris doesn't grow (in the wild) in Minnesota . In any event, the plant in the picture lacks crests on its sepals, which would seem to eliminate the possibility of its being a crested iris. As to the height of the inflorescence, it's difficult to judge based on the angle of the picture. I'd guess maybe a foot or so? That's certainly short for Iris versicolor, but within the range of possibility. Iris lacustris typically has a two inch maximum inflorescence height.
Name: Ann
northcentral OK (Zone 6b)
Bloombuddie
Jul 12, 2016 2:00 PM CST
Thank you all for sharing your knowledge! Our daughter says the height of the entire plant was about 2 feet. She assured me that she left it to grow and only took its picture.
Name: Lucy
Hamilton, MA (Zone 6b)
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irisarian
Jul 13, 2016 7:57 AM CST
2 feet would be more apt to be versicolor which is a native American as well. Also the source for iris borer, drat it.

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