Irises forum→Scapes vs. Stalks

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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 30, 2021 8:47 PM CST
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 30, 2021 9:24 PM CST
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 1, 2021 11:54 AM CST
Recently, I have been hearing the term "scape", rather than a "stalk", when an iris has been described. I, previously, only heard (or saw) this term being applied to daylilies.

Any thoughts?
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Name: Kabby
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Kabby
May 1, 2021 1:18 PM CST
Evelyn amaryllis and crinum also have scapes. I'm new to irises so can't contribute there.
Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
May 1, 2021 1:40 PM CST
Kabby ~ Amaryllis and crinum have a similar form to daylilies. Irises grow from rhizomes not bulbs. Still, I do not know why they are referred to as scapes, and the flowering stems of irises are usually denoted as stalks.
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Name: Robin
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Totally_Amazing
May 1, 2021 4:29 PM CST
Thanks for the information Evelyn. I didn't know there was a difference.
Looking at Wikidiff, a scape grows from a root and a stem grows from a bulb, rhizome, corm or tuber
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Name: Lucy
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irisarian
May 1, 2021 8:24 PM CST
whoever named them first?
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Kabby
May 1, 2021 9:48 PM CST
Totally_Amazing said:Thanks for the information Evelyn. I didn't know there was a difference.
Looking at Wikidiff, a scape grows from a root and a stem grows from a bulb, rhizome, corm or tuber.

Amaryllis are bulbs so according to this they should be stems, daylilies have roots and should be scapes. Just to further muddy the waters. Whistling

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