Irises forum: Identifying an Iris variant

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LTCTGC
Sep 9, 2016 9:48 AM CST
While vaguely similar to my Iris (Dietes iridioides), it’s not. Others have suggested the variant ‘Nada’ or japonica. I do not believe it to be either of these.

Might you know, specifically what this is?

Thank you.

Tommy Clarkson
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Calif_Sue
Sep 9, 2016 9:52 AM CST

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Totally_Amazing
Sep 9, 2016 7:24 PM CST
Hello and welcome Tommy,

May I suggest that you add as much information as possible to help narrow the possibilities? How tall is the flower spike? How tall is the foliage? How big is the flower?
Could it be dietes grandiflora?
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Calif_Sue
Sep 9, 2016 7:35 PM CST

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We do have several dietes in our database.
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IrisLilli
Sep 10, 2016 1:23 AM CST
Welcome! Tommy! Hope you find an ID for your pretty iris!
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Sep 10, 2016 2:12 AM CST
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Australis
Sep 11, 2016 5:37 AM CST
Hi Tommy,

It is not iris japonica (having just gone through the process of identifying that one myself, with the help of this forum - The thread "Help identifying flowering plant" in Plant ID forum). It strongly resembles a dietes iris (The thread "dietes iris?" in Irises forum), but doesn't look quite the same as the dietes grandiflora that I've seen. My understanding is the key difference between dietes iridioides and grandiflora is that grandiflora has larger blooms (about twice the size), is much taller (up to 1m) and the blooms last for about 3 days (as opposed to iridioides, which last a single day).

Is it possible that it is a hybrid within the dietes genus?
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