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May 15, 2015 9:04 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
This has been a very weird year. The weather is weird, the flowers are weird. We have iris blooming out of sequence and not looking as they normally would.

A chimera is caused by a mutation during development. What causes the mutations are several factors. In my research, I have found cold and herbicides to be the most common. Shape, size, petal count, color, form and height can all be affected.

Post your pictures here! Tell us what cultivar, if you know it, and why it's different.

I'll start with this NOID purple. We had a snow storm that caused these changes. Most flowers are normal but you can see several are not. They are paler, streaked and, in some cases, deformed.
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These were the most affected.
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Petal count was also different. This one has 2 falls, 2 standards and 2 style crests that are fused.
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I. germanica also showed signs. It had 2 blooms like the above and the rest were mostly normal. This one, however, showed a color change.
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Earl of Essex. Normally 35" tall had a stalk only 2". The flower was not affected.
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May 15, 2015 9:11 AM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I've got a couple of pictures somewhere -- I'll get back to this!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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May 15, 2015 9:26 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Hurray! Mary Ann!

Captain's Choice is also only 2" tall. It's a beautiful flower but I have to climb into the bed to see it. Hilarious!
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May 15, 2015 10:07 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I have a few pics..... If I can find them
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 15, 2015 10:12 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
This is a shot of Protocol. I was trying to make it look normal by not getting the fourth fall in the photo. Has anyone else had this happen with protocol?
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Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 15, 2015 10:23 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Wow, Earl looks strange just popping out of the base of the fan! And with 3 buds!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 15, 2015 10:41 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I took this one yesterday. A late bloom on Jewel Baby. I think JB is know for showing of no matter what the climate conditions have been.
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Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 15, 2015 10:53 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Bonnie, I heard someone else say that about JB, too. 4 falls/standards a lot.
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May 15, 2015 11:00 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
If I remember correctly that was Arlyn....... but I seldom remember correctly anymore. lol
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 15, 2015 11:09 AM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Could be!

I found this one just now.
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May 15, 2015 12:51 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Once you start looking...

I. pallida. Three falls, 2 standards, one style crest and 2 stamens.
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May 15, 2015 5:35 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
grannysgarden said:If I remember correctly that was Arlyn....... but I seldom remember correctly anymore. lol


Yes, it was Arlyn, and he posted a pic of his chimera Jewel Baby on my It's The Most Wonderful Time... thread.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 15, 2015 5:55 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Uh... Houston, we have a problem. The Acoma have come back from their journey, but something is just not right.
Houston: Roger that, we have them on visual.

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(1 standard, 2 falls, 3 style crests and 3 beards not in sync with the style crests)


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(2 standards, 3 style crests, 4 falls and beards)
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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May 15, 2015 5:57 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
Alien Acoma?
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 15, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Here's a picture of one of the bloom stalks on Decadence:
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Shrug!
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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May 15, 2015 6:00 PM CST
Name: Mary Ann
Western Kentucky (Zone 7a)
Birds Irises Hummingbirder Hostas Keeps Horses Farmer
Daylilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Container Gardener Region: Kentucky Region: United States of America Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Muddymitts said:Here's a picture of one of the bloom stalks on Decadence:
Thumb of 2015-05-15/Muddymitts/a9c68c

Shrug! I had many like this.

Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. (www.tut.com)
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May 15, 2015 6:05 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
That is a really odd deformity for decadence. It does not have one too many or few falls it is completely unrecognizable as decadence.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 15, 2015 6:39 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Those really are odd, aren't they. If I were new to iris and these opened, I wouldn't know what to think.
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May 15, 2015 6:41 PM CST
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
I would not have recognized it Celia. I probably would have thought it was a new kind of iris.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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May 15, 2015 6:42 PM CST
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Irises Plant Identifier Hummingbirder Birds
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Cat Lover Butterflies Enjoys or suffers cold winters
And an ugly one, at that. Hilarious!

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