Irises forum: dwarf iris

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Name: Morgan
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molanic
Jan 27, 2017 12:10 PM CST
I have some large clumps of this iris that I've divided many times over the years. I don't know what variety it is. At one point I added "Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris 'Pixie Flirt' ???" to my notes, but I don't recall why I thought that. I may have just seen a picture of one and thought it looked the same, or found an old tag somewhere? These are short, maybe under 6" tall, with flowers ~ 2" if I recall. Hardy to zone 5. I don't know much about irises at all, so any assistance is appreciated.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Jan 27, 2017 8:38 PM CST
Hi Molanic. If they are under 8 inches tall they are probably a Miniature Dwarf Bearded iris often referred to as an MDB iris.

The only one that I grow that would be close is MDB Knick Knack. On the database here the plicata markings on the edges of the standards and falls are a bit more purple than in your photos.

Here is a pic taken in my garden that is not in focus. I will try and find a better photo.

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Name: Bonnie Sojourner
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grannysgarden
Jan 27, 2017 8:50 PM CST
Pixie Flirt shows markings similar to your iris. The beard is orange tipped in the throat of the plant. Do you have a photo of your irises beard?
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Lestv
Jan 27, 2017 9:35 PM CST
Bonnie, in the first picture it looks like the back of the beard is orange.

Pixie Flirt may be a good guess.
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Name: Scott
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BlueFlagFan
Jan 29, 2017 1:00 PM CST
Morgan's bloom looks a lot like 'Pixie Princess', but that is an SDB with an 11" registered height. As a general question, can local conditions affect iris height that much?
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Name: Morgan
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molanic
Jan 30, 2017 10:46 AM CST
To my iris untrained eye, the markings on "Pixie Princess" and "Pixie Flirt" look the pretty much the same. Is the only difference that one is a mini dwarf, and the other is a standard dwarf? If so would an accurate measurement be necessary to differentiate, and do I just measure the height to the top of the bloom...not the foliage? The early foliage just prior to blooming is very short, but then grows up and past the blooms by a bit. In warm springs these bloom in mid-April, and colder years it is in early to mid-May. They bloom after the crocus, siberian squill, muscari, and early daffodils. They bloom around the same time as the later daffodils and creeping phlox. @BlueFlagFan, I am at about the same latitude as Elburn, but about 20 miles east.
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irisarian
Jan 31, 2017 2:00 PM CST
The foliage always grows taller after bloom has finished. You should be looking at the height of the stem with the flower.

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