Irises forum: Can anybody ID this old Iris?

Views: 573, Replies: 15 » Jump to the end
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member Sempervivums Roses Peonies Region: Michigan Rabbit Keeper
Lilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals
Image
Cottage_Rose
Jun 2, 2015 1:31 PM CST
This Iris was on our property when we moved here 38 yrs. ago.
Its a small Iris and the foliage is maybe 18" tall or less (guessing)
Its fragrance is a distinct ROOT BEER scent which I don't think I
have found in any flower! Lovey dubby
Thumb of 2015-06-02/Cottage_Rose/2c3b9d

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
Cottage Rose Birds n' Blossoms

Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
Image
Zencat
Jun 2, 2015 9:47 PM CST
I have my guesses but that's all they would be. I will leave it to the experts on this one but I want to know what it is, too. Lovely little thing, isn't it.
Name: Ken
Traverse City, Michigan (Zone 5a)
Vegetable Grower Dog Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Region: Michigan Irises Daylilies
Region: United States of America Cat Lover
Image
bramedog
Jun 2, 2015 9:55 PM CST
I don't have a clue, but how awesome is that!
Name: Celia
West Valley City, Utah (Zone 7a)
Pour vivre parmi les fleurs
Irises Garden Photography I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Butterflies Birds
Cat Lover Enjoys or suffers cold winters Hummingbirder Plant Identifier
Image
Zencat
Jun 2, 2015 9:58 PM CST
Gracchus and Loreley were my guesses. Loreley has a band around the fall, I believe.
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Irises Keeper of Poultry Roses Dragonflies Birds
Bulbs Foliage Fan Photo Contest Winner: 2015
Image
Henhouse
Jun 2, 2015 11:32 PM CST
I don't think it's 'Loreley'. 'Gracchus' is not listed as having a root beer fragrance, but the HIPS pictures look right. ('Gingersnap' is the only one I know of having a root beer fragrance).
http://www.historiciris.org/photos/1pics-topframe.html
When counting, try not to mix chickens with blessings.
Name: Missy
SC (Zone 8a)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: South Carolina Plant and/or Seed Trader
Image
Zazinnia
Jun 3, 2015 6:00 AM CST
[quote="Henhouse"]I don't think it's 'Loreley'. 'Gracchus' is not listed as having a root beer fragrance, but the HIPS pictures look right. ('Gingersnap' is the only one I know of having a root beer fragrance).
]http://www.historiciris.org/photos/1pics-topframe.html[/quot...

Dang. Gingersnap smells like root beer...which I don't like...but I gotta grow one now just to smell it!! How interesting. Maybe in the winter we could have a favorite fragrance thread??? Hurray!
"Loving God... loving each other....
and the story never ends." Lyrics by Bill and Gloria Gaither

Aint nothing flashing but the fireflies...lyrics by Paul Simon

Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Irises Beekeeper Region: Illinois Celebrating Gardening: 2015
crowrita1
Jun 3, 2015 6:53 AM CST
Confused Somewhere, on one of the forums....Cubits, HIPS, or ATP....we had a thread going on the "scent" of different iris, and had quite a list going, as I remember. There are several that have a "roor beer", or "cream soda' aroma, as well, of course, as the "grape " scent of the pallidas , the "cat pee' smell of English Charm, and the "fresh washed linen " scent of English Cottage. I darned if I can find it, though Shrug! ! Also...it may have been in Mike U's E-zine ," Flags", on the HIPS site, there was an article that listed a few.
Anyway, there were (are) several with a pronounced "root beer' aroma, although, I think other "points of identification" make more sense, than scents. Sticking tongue out
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member Sempervivums Roses Peonies Region: Michigan Rabbit Keeper
Lilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals
Image
Cottage_Rose
Jun 3, 2015 7:27 AM CST
Thanks you for your comments! When I have the time I will look up the info provided. Smiling
It could possibly be cream soda scent which would be similar to root beer.
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
Cottage Rose Birds n' Blossoms

Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
Sunset Zone 15
Region: California Plant Database Moderator Roses Irises Clematis Garden Photography
Cottage Gardener Keeper of Poultry Hummingbirder Bee Lover Butterflies Birds
Image
Calif_Sue
Jun 3, 2015 8:25 AM CST

Moderator

Here are a couple of pictures I took of Miniature Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Gracchus') at Schreiner's Iris Gardens for comparison



and Dave added one of the beard, often an important feature to assist with an ID.
My gardening Blog!
Hand sewn wares and vintage finds in my Etsy store. Summer Song Cottage
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Bulbs Seed Starter
Gardens in Buckets Garden Art Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
grannysgarden
Jun 3, 2015 9:12 AM CST
Gracchus is really lovely. I think I may need to order one. LOL
I love my garden.... and Jesus, and coffee, and naps.......
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Image
DaveinPA
Jun 3, 2015 11:05 AM CST
Guess I should have gotten down and sniffed my Gracchus while it was in bloom. Just was not one of my "data elements" this year. It is a very nice one for front or edge of a bed. Fall and standard are about equal in width at 27-28mm/just over an inch. Falls are not very droopy so blossom is fairly wide for a short one at 105mm/near 4", stem 44cm/16", leave 35cm/13" in its second year in my poor soil.
Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
Daylilies Butterflies Dragonflies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Hibiscus
Image
froggardener
Jun 6, 2015 6:34 PM CST
Hi, my grandfather had one very, very similar named Chenedolle, I don't remember a root beer smell but that sounds nice. You have a beautiful flower there
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Image
DaveinPA
Jun 6, 2015 6:49 PM CST
Close but the beard in Chenedolle is shorter and not white on the fall end. Sorry pic is so dark; camera "readjusted" itself.

Thumb of 2015-06-07/DaveinPA/915bc5

Name: Jolana
Mountain City, Tx (Zone 8b)
Enjoys or suffers hot summers Bee Lover The WITWIT Badge Region: Texas Garden Art Irises
Daylilies Butterflies Dragonflies Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Native Plants and Wildflowers Hibiscus
Image
froggardener
Jun 6, 2015 6:59 PM CST
Oh, thanks for posting it, it has been decades since I have seen one. My old memory did pretty good, hahaha
Gardening is learning, learning, learning. That's the fun of them.
You're always learning !
Helen Mirren
South central PA (Zone 6a)
Irises Region: Pennsylvania
Image
DaveinPA
Jun 7, 2015 9:06 PM CST
An old memory is better than no memory!
Name: Mary Ann
Kentucky
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Region: United States of America Hostas Hummingbirder Daylilies Birds
Irises Keeps Horses Region: Kentucky Farmer Container Gardener Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Image
Muddymitts
Jun 7, 2015 9:42 PM CST
Truth.
Thoughts become things -- choose the good ones. ([url=www.tut.com]www.tut.com[/url])

« Garden.org Homepage
« Back to the top
« Forums List
« Irises forum
You must first create a username and login before you can reply to this thread.

Today's site banner is by dirtdorphins and is called "Lilium 'Pink Perfection'"