Irises forum: Iris ID #3

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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Jan 20, 2017 10:02 PM CST
This iris grows in my koi pond, and also grows in a flower bed with other irises and perennials. It is (reddish) purple with yellow signals.

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It is in the middle here, between Black Gamecock Louisiana iris.
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Close up (of above photo; around 4:30 pm)
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In the flower bed, on the right in this photo to show comparison of other irises (background is the pond where it grows)
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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA (Zone 9a)
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Jan 20, 2017 10:16 PM CST

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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
Jan 20, 2017 10:37 PM CST
Welcome! Regina, I'm sorry I don't know what the name of the iris is, but I do know it is gorgeous! Love your yard too.
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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
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scflowers
Jan 20, 2017 10:42 PM CST
iciris said: Welcome! Regina, I'm sorry I don't know what the name of the iris is, but I do know it is gorgeous! Love your yard too.


Thanks! It's a labor of love Smiling
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 21, 2017 12:20 PM CST
Definitely looks to be a Louisiana Iris. But there are lots of deep red LA's. And our database is sorely lacking in pictures of LA's. Hope you can find out which one! Crossing Fingers!
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Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
Daylilies Hybridizer Region: South Carolina Dahlias Butterflies Cat Lover
Dog Lover Frogs and Toads Ponds Keeper of Koi Garden Ideas: Level 1
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scflowers
Jan 21, 2017 12:25 PM CST
Thanks, Leslie.

I should also add that it is an aggressive grower. I must have 75 of these at least after just a few years. They are starting to take over the flower bed, and I plan to remove many of them in the next couple of weeks if the weather stays warm.
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UndertheSun
Jan 21, 2017 12:31 PM CST
They sure are pretty!
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
Jan 21, 2017 12:51 PM CST
I agree, they are pretty. The best time to move LA's is summer when they are dormant. Right now they are in their growth cycle for spring bloom. If you plan to give any away, dig in summer. If you are thinning now be careful not to disturb the roots of those you want to stay put or you won't have much or any bloom this year.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Regina
Warrenville, SC (Zone 8a)
Daylilies Hybridizer Region: South Carolina Dahlias Butterflies Cat Lover
Dog Lover Frogs and Toads Ponds Keeper of Koi Garden Ideas: Level 1
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scflowers
Jan 21, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Thanks Leslie for the info on moving them. My concern is that they are overtaking the bed where the old heirloom variety is planted. Those were given to me by a friend that had them in his family for many decades (and who is now deceased himself), so I don't want to lose them.

When I looked yesterday, their rhizomes had grown right over the tops of the heirlooms in there. I should be able to take a few of them out (since they aren't anchored well) without disturbing the keepers. I also broke about 6-10 off that were growing in the pond while cleaning dead growth. They were leaning far away from their clumps (planted in the pond) into the water with no support. The roots are incredible on them...a mass of probably 8 inches long! I will hold these in a bucket of shallow water until my weather clears enough to put them elsewhere.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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Lestv
Jan 21, 2017 3:18 PM CST
They can be pretty tough to remove from water. As you have found out, the roots are great anchors.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield

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