Irises forum: Iris

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carltondenise
Aug 26, 2014 11:57 PM CST
I have been told there is an iris that was named for Sam Davis a confederate soldier form TN.

Can you please confirm and if so send a picture please
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valleylynn
Aug 27, 2014 1:02 AM CST
Hi there carltondenise, and a big Welcome! to ATP.

We do have an entry in our database, but no information of photos. Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sam Davis')

Let's see if we can get @irisloverdee and @PollyK, our two iris experts, to help us find more information for that iris.
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tveguy3
Aug 27, 2014 3:56 AM CST
I know that Dee is on a tour right now, and I haven't seen Polly on here in a while, think she may be having surgery, may be @KentPfeiffer can help. You might try the Iris Society to look for information, or the Historic Iris Society. There is no data on this data base other then the name, so it does exist. Also you might want to post your question on the Iris forum, as there are several people on there who might have information about it. Good luck!
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Paul2032
Aug 27, 2014 5:23 AM CST
If you go to the Iris Encyclopedia you will find it listed. The information indicates it is a red TB from the l930's. Regrettably there is no picture.
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DaveinPA
Aug 27, 2014 6:49 AM CST
It also does not show up in the Historic Iris databases of sellers or known gardens and is not in their gallery either.
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KentPfeiffer
Aug 27, 2014 7:05 AM CST

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As Paul said, Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sam Davis') is a Tall Bearded Iris introduced by Thomas Washington in 1934. The color class R7M indicates it was a "red or pink toned self" which probably means it was a burgundy(ish) bitone since there weren't any truly red or pink bearded iris at the time, precious few selfs either.

Hard to say if it still exists. You might try contacting Jean Richter (richter@eecs.berkeley.edu). She's the chairperson for the committee on cultivar preservation in the Historic Iris Preservation Society.
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grannysgarden
Aug 27, 2014 7:25 AM CST
A description of it on the AIS site states its color as 'A glowing red flower of good form, with domed standard, and semi-flaring falls of firm texture.' Probably a rust or burgundy that glowed in the sun. Sounds interesting. I wish we had a photo or several.
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valleylynn
Aug 27, 2014 8:38 AM CST
Hurray!
Wow, you guys are good. Thumbs up

carltondenise
Sep 18, 2014 7:26 PM CST
Thank You!

Yes you are good, I am on the board of a historic site for Sam Davis and we had a garden club that did historic sites work on the site in the 1930's. We have iris that have not really bloomed in a while and some of them might be this iris. I would like to find out more specifics. How do I do that? I am going to archives and get the records for the is garden club, I have located them. Maybe there will be pictures or some more help.

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Henhouse
Sep 19, 2014 12:59 AM CST
How exciting that you may have a historic iris that has disappeared from the trade.. I'd bet you could even find some folks to grow and test them.. and help Id them... Keep us posted on what you learn.
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carltondenise
Nov 30, 2014 1:34 PM CST
Thank you to everyone who responded and shared. I did make contact with a few of your sources and found out some more information, regarding the awards and catalogs.

We will be trying to encourage our many different areas of iris to bloom this spring. And one longtime member believes he saw this iris bloom and has narrowed down the location, very few left in that area. He thought he had a picture when it bloomed a good while back and is looking for the picture. We are keeping out fingers crossed.
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Muddymitts
Nov 30, 2014 4:03 PM CST
Hi Denise. Welcome! and Thumbs up on your search!!
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lovemyhouse
Nov 30, 2014 4:11 PM CST
Good news on the iris. Looking forward to progress postings. Smiling
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Moiris
Nov 30, 2014 5:32 PM CST
I hope you find it!!!

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