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Jun 1, 2020 11:57 AM CST
Name: Nancy
North Dakota (Zone 4a)
I received a nice box of tall bearded pink irises yesterday from someone who had no idea what its name is and I'm trying to identify it. The closest I have seen is 'Pink Design' except that it's an early bloomer here in Zone 4a and not mid late as described.

The picture isn't great as it's somewhat wilted and maybe faded but it has an orange/coral beard. I have never had any luck with the database here so I'm hoping someone might know.
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Jun 1, 2020 9:04 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
Hi Nancy! Welcome! I can't help as I don't grow many iris, but others here will chime in. If you can post pictures of the base of the leaves that could help. Some iris have purple based foliage.
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Jun 1, 2020 10:49 PM CST
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Birds Bulbs Region: California Dragonflies Foliage Fan Irises
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Gosh, it's hard to tell from your picture. Is this a flower that was on it's way out when you took the picture? I ask, because there are some that have that crepe-y look before they start to fade.. the form looks older to me.. If you can get another picture that shows the shape of the falls and standards, we could get more clues. Yours has fringed style arms, which eliminated the first couple that came to mind... It's important to get a feel for the amount of ruffling or lace on the edges, the shape of the falls, how the standards are held.. Whether the beard is solid, or tipped, or darker in the throat than the tip. Did the person you got them from give any indication of how long they had them? These things can help narrow it down.. It comes down to minutia on many of these, especially on selfs..

Take a look at these.. Let me know if I'm close on the shape..
https://wiki.irises.org/TbFthr...
https://wiki.irises.org/TbFthr...
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Jun 2, 2020 2:43 PM CST
Name: Nancy
North Dakota (Zone 4a)
Henhouse said:Gosh, it's hard to tell from your picture. Is this a flower that was on it's way out when you took the picture? I ask, because there are some that have that crepe-y look before they start to fade.. the form looks older to me.. If you can get another picture that shows the shape of the falls and standards, we could get more clues. Yours has fringed style arms, which eliminated the first couple that came to mind... It's important to get a feel for the amount of ruffling or lace on the edges, the shape of the falls, how the standards are held.. Whether the beard is solid, or tipped, or darker in the throat than the tip. Did the person you got them from give any indication of how long they had them? These things can help narrow it down.. It comes down to minutia on many of these, especially on selfs..

Take a look at these.. Let me know if I'm close on the shape..
https://wiki.irises.org/TbFthr...
https://wiki.irises.org/TbFthr...


I'll have to wait until it is planted and blooms again. The photo I posted was after the irises were dug up and sitting in a big box on a driveway so that's why it's wilted. The young woman had purchased the house 2 years ago and the yard was filled with irises that she wanted to get rid of so I suspect that this might be an historic iris as they were well established and plentiful.

Thanks for the response with the limited information I gave you.
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Jun 2, 2020 3:44 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
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"Mind Changer"" is a pink, with fringed style arms.

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Mind Changer')
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Jun 4, 2020 2:03 PM CST
Name: Nancy
North Dakota (Zone 4a)
DaisyDo said:"Mind Changer"" is a pink, with fringed style arms.

Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Mind Changer')


Mine doesn't have horns.
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Jun 4, 2020 2:09 PM CST
Name: Daisy
close to Baltimore, MD (Zone 7a)
Amaryllis Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Maryland Organic Gardener Irises Herbs
Hellebores Growing under artificial light Container Gardener Cat Lover Garden Photography Bulbs
Ok, scratch that one. I wonder if it could be something from Mind changer's ancestry.
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Jun 5, 2020 2:07 PM CST

Hi all,

New to this forum, hope you don't mind me dropping a photo of pinky-peach colored bearded iris I've had no joy identifying, the only details I can provide are if produced 4 flowers, has flowered between 20-31st June 2020, , peach standards, orange/peach falls and orange beard and is very tall. Grown in the U.K.

please see photo below,


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Jun 5, 2020 4:41 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Welcome! Tom, I hope someone on NGA can help you.
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Jun 5, 2020 5:07 PM CST
Name: Laurie
southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
Irises Butterflies Bee Lover Bulbs Cat Lover Region: Nebraska
Hi Tom, Welcome ! Good luck with the ID!
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Jun 5, 2020 5:19 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Welcome! tom. perhaps you can be more specific on how tall ?( ex. 42") when acquired? fragrance? purple base foliage? these all help with the identifying process.

it's almost impossible to tell with 1 photo and no specifics. even hard to identify with more information, with just a photograph.

that said, the shape of the flower looks like an older variety, though, i could be wrong. take a look at the nga database, and select iris, tb ( tall bearded), pink or peach. you may find some to narrow your iris down to compare.

then if you're serious, find a reputable source to purchase a rhizome to grow besides yours to make sure they have the same characteristics when they bloom. pull flower parts apart to compare piece-by-piece. the only way to positively sure, is to have it genetically tested.
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Jun 5, 2020 7:01 PM CST
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Name: Kent Pfeiffer
Southeast Nebraska (Zone 5b)
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It's almost impossible to get a positive ID on a pink or peach iris of that era. After David Hall produced the first true pinks in the late 1940's, various hybridizers introduced hundreds of basically similar pink or peach selfs over the next couple of decades or so.
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