Irises forum: Help in Iris ID from Fremont

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singhg45
Apr 16, 2019 2:52 PM CST
On an early visit to Fremont, CA to catch some spring bloomers, I found three different types of beardless Irises which I am trying to seek your help for ID. This first one uploaded here looks more like Iris douglasiana (I saw similar one in Regan Nursery here). Flowers usually 2 in a cluster, about 7-9 cm across with outer perianth segments 3-4 cm broad, purple with yellow throat and white margin, leaves flat, about 1 cm broad. Please confirm or suggest correct ID.
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Name: Monty Riggles
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UndyingLight
Apr 16, 2019 5:05 PM CST
Welcome to the iris forums, Sing! Welcome!

I am not an expert at irises, but the variety you have is nice! I am certain someone here can help ya better than I can. Good luck!
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Polymerous
Apr 16, 2019 10:26 PM CST
It looks like it is maybe a Pacifica (Pacific Coast Iris, most likely a hybrid). You didn't state the height of the bloom stalk (usually in the 12" plus or minus range), but that's my best guess.

I tried a database search for a PCI that had rose, yellow coloring (yellow being the signal color), and got two pages of irises but very few had images. (I tried violet, yellow coloring and got six pages, again few images; magenta, yellow one page, NO images.) That is the problem in general with the database - most PCIs are lacking images. So unless you have a great deal of patience and persistence, and are willing to look elsewhere on the web for any/every PCI that meets the color requirements, AND are very lucky (in that someone, somewhere has an image up on a webpage), you may never know what the cultivar name is for sure. (And it may not even BE a registered cultivar - it might be a seedling!)

Maybe someone else who grows a LOT of PCIs can pop in here and ID it for you. Crossing Fingers!
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Rebekah
Apr 17, 2019 12:38 AM CST
Look kinda similar to Amiguita a Pacifica hybrid like Poly said. I'd look on https://www.leonineiris.com/l9...
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Henhouse
Apr 17, 2019 12:57 AM CST
It looks like an older hybrid PCI. The newer ones have broader petals. I. douglasii is one of the species involved in the breeding.
Joe Ghio is a Santa Cruz Iris grower who is perhaps the premier hybridizer of pacific Coast Iris. You can send $4 for a copy of his catalog which lists some real beauties.
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There are at least a couple of wholesale nurseries in the Watsonville area that grow PCI's and supply the Fremont area nurseries (Suncrest and Monterey Bay Nurseries are two that come to mind). Regan's or your other local nurseries can also order them for you. Mine are getting toward the end of their bloom season here in Santa Cruz, so if you want to buy them in bloom, you should get going! Smiling
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singhg45
Apr 17, 2019 11:54 AM CST
This is second one from the same area, similar beardless Iris with similar flat 1 cm broad leaves but smaller flowers barely 5-6 cm across with narrower outer perianth lobes, less than 2 cm broad, pale purple with darker veins.
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GuiseppeJ
Apr 17, 2019 2:06 PM CST
The first one if it is named is likely Ami Royale; the last is definitely a specie perhaps from the Santa Cruz Mtn. complex
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Polymerous
Apr 17, 2019 2:52 PM CST
Thanks, Joe! Thumbs up

I didn't think that the color was really a lavender, but AMI ROYALE *is* in the database (and described as a lavender):

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