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Thumb of 2014-10-31/needrain/5b79f9@needrain submitted this image in the Specific Plants: Irises category of the The 2014 All Things Plants Photo Contest.

needrain added a caption:'Fire In The Hole', arilbred iris
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
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4susiesjoy
Dec 12, 2015 5:20 PM CST
This is such a beautiful photo and beautiful iris. Do you know what zone they are hardy to and if they need growing conditions more like Japanese or Bearded Iris?
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Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
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needrain
Dec 12, 2015 7:20 PM CST
This is an arilbred iris which is a cross between tall bearded garden iris and aril species iris from the Middle East. Generally they would need conditions like a bearded iris, which they are. Some like conditions to be a bit drier and some like conditions a bit warmer. There are so many different species in their backgrounds it's hard to know what any specific cultivar might prefer. This one was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico before it was registered and introduced. It's been relatively popular, I think, but I don't know how far north it has been grown successfully, so I'm not much help here. It has grown very strongly for me here in Texas so far. but my growing conditions are very different than the climate in Minnesota.

Thanks for saying what you did about the photo, but the iris is truly beautiful and my photo isn't responsible for that.
Donald
Name: Susie
Leonard, Minnesota (Zone 3b)
Composter Hellebores Garden Art Irises Xeriscape Echinacea
Sedums Foliage Fan Herbs Dahlias Frogs and Toads Bee Lover
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4susiesjoy
Dec 12, 2015 7:35 PM CST
Thanks for the info, I might have to try an Arilbred just to see if they will grow here. Green Grin!

Your photo isn't responsible for the beauty of the iris but it made a lot of people aware of the beauty of the iris that they otherwise would have never known, so thank you for sharing that beauty!
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Dec 13, 2015 8:45 PM CST
Donald I've been admiring your Arilbreds for a while now and I'm curious about them too!
Can you recommend a good source?
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Dec 13, 2015 9:04 PM CST
I think Superstition Iris Gardens is always a good source. They have a nice selection ranging from some back in the historic section to the very latest introductions which include some of their own. The quality of the rhizomes they ship is superb - as good as it gets.
Donald
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Dec 13, 2015 9:11 PM CST
Thanks! Smiling
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Dec 13, 2015 9:35 PM CST
I can second that recommendation, dirt. In fact, I will have increases of Sand Dancer and Navajo Velvet next Spring, both obtained from Superstition Iris. If you want to try out a couple of Arilbreds to see how they do before spending money on them, let me know and I will send them to you.
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Dec 13, 2015 9:44 PM CST
oooooh yeah Hurray! Hurray! I would love to!
I did just send them an email...wondering how to order if there is no online website? I don't do facebook
Name: Donald
Eastland county, Texas (Zone 8a)
Region: Texas Enjoys or suffers hot summers Raises cows Plant Identifier
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needrain
Dec 13, 2015 9:57 PM CST
dirtdorphins said:oooooh yeah Hurray! Hurray! I would love to!
I did just send them an email...wondering how to order if there is no online website? I don't do facebook


They have a catalog. I expect they'll send you one. That's the only way I've ever ordered from them. The old fashioned - fill out a paper order and mail it in Hilarious! . Seems like they usually get it out around February or thereabout. It doesn't have photos, so be prepared to use the database!

Donald
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover Plays in the sandbox
Butterflies Region: Texas I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member Annuals Garden Sages
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lovemyhouse
Dec 13, 2015 10:19 PM CST
I keep track of shares on my ATP plant list. Over the winter, take a look at it. If you see something else you want to try, be happy to send it. If I don't have it in 2016, I should in 2017. Smiling
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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