Hi, I took a picture yesterday of my first iris bloom, -- a red iris called Berniece's Legacy. I did not post the picture because when I looked at the iris I saw that it had 4 falls and no petals (or should I say small weak or insignificant petals) rising from the center (standards) to make the official iris shape. I cut that bad flower off and waited till this morning when the next flower was due to bloom. That one also had no inner petals and 4 fall petals.
I have seen this cultivar (Berniece's Legacy) in pictures online with the correct number of petals and falls. Did I get a genetically bad plant? Is this a disease? Should I fertilize with something else? Did the grower perhaps add growth hormones that deformed the plant and will this get better once the chemical or hormone is out of the system-- Like next year. It is a pretty color, no doubt, a burgundy with a bright orange beard.