Irises forum: Xeramtheum's Mystery Iris - We Have A Bloom!!!!

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 4, 2016 9:39 AM CST
Our usual end of January beginning of February warm up occurred and my Mystery Iris bloomed. So who is this guy?

Thumb of 2016-02-04/Xeramtheum/a2f542

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Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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crowrita1
Feb 4, 2016 10:01 AM CST
Shrug! not a clue, but.....he's a handsome fella !! Thumbs up
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 4, 2016 10:14 AM CST
How big is the bloom? Hard to tell in the pic, but that would help narrow down the choices.
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UndertheSun
Feb 4, 2016 10:27 AM CST
Over here some people call it the African Iris, otherwise known as the Butterfly Iris in the "Dietes" family. I've seen some nurseries list it as the Fortnight Lily.
Butterfly Iris (Dietes grandiflora)

More from Dietes: http://garden.org/plants/search/text.php?q=dietes&button=

Some photos from my garden.
Thumb of 2016-02-04/UndertheSun/3e5379 Thumb of 2016-02-04/UndertheSun/45e219

Don't remove the bloom stalks (until they die) as those stalks will continue to produce flowers. Keep an eye on the seed pods too, I literally pull out 1000's of babies from these a year. I like them and have them all over my garden. If anyone wants some, let me know.

Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 4, 2016 10:31 AM CST
We're in the middle of a 'rain train' so if the color looks off it's because I was using a red umbrella.

Looks to be about 4 inches.

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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 4, 2016 10:32 AM CST
Butterfly Iris! Thanks!
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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 4, 2016 12:53 PM CST
Wow, bigger than I expected. Sure are pretty.
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 4, 2016 2:51 PM CST
Indeed! It's probably prettier when it's dry rather than soaking wet.
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Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Feb 4, 2016 2:52 PM CST
They're more cold hardy than I thought, still don't think they would make it here. What kind of roots structure do they have (rhizome, bulb, etc.)?

Leslie, looks like they grow in your zone Thumbs up
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Name: Anne
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Xeramtheum
Feb 4, 2016 3:00 PM CST
Neal, here's a picture of the roots.

Thumb of 2015-07-17/Xeramtheum/1408f1

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Name: Neal Linville
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gemini_sage
Feb 4, 2016 6:21 PM CST
Thank you! Looks like rhizomes.
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UndertheSun
Feb 4, 2016 7:31 PM CST
Yes, they are rhizomes and they will tolerate drought conditions too.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Feb 4, 2016 7:39 PM CST
UndertheSun said:Over here some people call it the African Iris, otherwise known as the Butterfly Iris in the "Dietes" family.

I like them and have them all over my garden. If anyone wants some, let me know.


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UndertheSun
Feb 4, 2016 7:41 PM CST
How much would you like Deb? Green Grin!
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
Feb 4, 2016 7:43 PM CST
Smaller than a breadbox full? Hilarious!
If you don't ask, the answer is always 'no.'

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iciris
Feb 4, 2016 7:48 PM CST
Rob, they must be happy in your yard. I've never had them grow by their seeds.

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UndertheSun
Feb 4, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Ok Deb, because I can easily fill up a trunk. Hilarious!

OMG Barbara, I have them sprouting everywhere! I have thinned out the number of clumps I had since it was a great place for the rattlers to hide. Don't worry Deb, it was only because there was a mass planting in that area. Hilarious!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Feb 4, 2016 9:11 PM CST
Do they tolerate heat and humidity? If so send some my way. Always eager to add to my iris varieties.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Xeramtheum
Feb 4, 2016 9:56 PM CST
Hmmm .. I'm getting the feeling that I need to cut off all spent blooms ... starting to sound a lot like they could be a potential problem here in zone 8.
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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
Feb 4, 2016 10:10 PM CST
No worries, here, Rob. Big Grin
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