Irises forum→Hysteria vs. Berserk

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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 17, 2020 6:11 PM CST
Does anyone here have both of these and can compare or contrast them for us?
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 17, 2020 6:27 PM CST


looks like a few people have both. maybe they'll chime in. are you trying to decide which one to get?

just from pictures, it looks as tho' 'hysteria' has fluffier beards, and berserk is a slightly larger flower. but, since i don't grow either and i have not seen them in person. i want to wait/hear I'm all ears! for others to post their observations. Smiling .
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
May 17, 2020 7:24 PM CST
Yes Daphne, I AM deciding which to get. I have noticed that:

Hysteria was introduced by Blyth in 2008, and though lovely, has had no American awards, probably because it was bred outside the U.S. Its beards are described as "vivid tangerine", and pictures seem to show its falls as nearly horizontal.

Berserk is Hysteria's child, and was introduced by Thomas Johnson in 2014. The beards are described as "orange" and its photos give me the impression that its falls are slightly longer, more violet and more pendant. It won the Award of Merit in 2018. That doesn't mean it is superior to its parent, however, just that it was bred and introduced in the US. Its parent was bred and introduced in Australia, right?

I hope that some of you will pipe up and give us more comparisons. I think they are both quite pretty.
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
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lauriemorningglory
May 17, 2020 9:04 PM CST
Daisy, I only acquired Berserk last year, and I don't know if it will bloom this year. It seems to be growing well, though.

I have Hysteria and like it a lot. I'm not sure I'd describe the beards as "vivid tangerine," they seem more dull orange maybe? I like fragrance, and this iris smells like licorice to me. Smiling

I'm don't know much about what makes a good iris, but the flowers on Hysteria seem to have substance, and the plant has grown well for me, and I don't recall the stalks ever flopping over.

If I get blooms on Berserk, I'll try to remember to report on them.
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 17, 2020 9:36 PM CST
I got Berserk in 2018. It bloomed in 2019, but I had surgery in April of that year, and wasn't able to get close to see it. Thumbs down and it did not bloom this year.
I've had Hysteria since 2014, blooms every year. I just love this iris and it's not even planted in a great place.
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Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
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DaisyDo
May 17, 2020 9:48 PM CST
Laurie, I hope Berserk blooms for you and that you can give us your comparison on this thread. I'd be really interested to hear.

Barbara, it's nice to know that Hysteria is a reliable bloomer, at least in your area. I hope that next year they both bloom for you.

I hope we get more input.
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Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 17, 2020 9:53 PM CST
One other thing I didn't mention, the above picture was of a bloom that was rained on most of the day. This picture was taken more in the evening, I think it held up pretty well.
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UndertheSun
May 18, 2020 5:12 PM CST
Berserk needs to be moved, as it's now getting too much shade from an olive tree. Hysteria needed a snorkle last winter and didn't survive its underwater adventures from the flooding (either did 100+ other irises). So I'm of no help in comparing them for you.
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
May 18, 2020 5:22 PM CST
UndertheSun (please add your first name to your profile), that is sooo sad. I recall your long list of deaths for this past year. That must have been truly awful.
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UndertheSun
May 18, 2020 5:31 PM CST
Yes, it was hard to lose those last year. That played a part in me taking an iris break for a year (that and much needed rest on my bad knee). Well, I lost over 100 again this year, but I'm not taking it too hard.
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Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 18, 2020 6:58 PM CST
I've grown Berserk for six years. It has bloomed every year. I recommend it!
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Irises Cat Lover Plant and/or Seed Trader Organic Gardener Region: Maryland Bookworm
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DaisyDo
May 18, 2020 10:47 PM CST
Thanks, Andrea!
-"If I can’t drain a swamp, I’ll go pull some weeds." - Charles Williams

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