Irises forum: Identification question

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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
Apr 25, 2017 8:12 PM CST
I received a bonus iris from Hummingbird Iris garden a couple of years ago and it was incorrectly labeled as Pink Champagne. After seeing the bloom open (and referring to their on-line catalog) I thought this might be Hemstitched. Would any of you that own or know about that cultivar please give me feedback as to whether you think this is Hemstitched or another hybrid? Thanks.
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Irises Garden Photography
Apr 27, 2017 12:11 AM CST
Does anyone grow Hemstitched? Can anyone help Richard?
Name: Sherry Austin
Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9a)
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Apr 27, 2017 1:06 AM CST
My Hemstitched is lighter..
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You might try sending a message to the grower to see what they say. Plicatas are so difficult to ID..

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Region: North Carolina Irises Cat Lover Garden Photography Enjoys or suffers hot summers Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 1, 2017 8:53 AM CST
Check out Orinoco Flow perhaps?
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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
May 23, 2017 9:23 PM CST
Thanks for the responses. There'a another possibility from the catalog of the grower it might be: rare treat. One distinguishing feature of the plant I'm growing is that it has the most amazing and pronounced fragrance of any iris I've encountered. I'll need to ask the grower if they can shed light on this plicata. I noticed rare treat has PBF, so I'll have to look at the plant tomorrow a.m. Thanks to all for sharing your ideas.
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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
May 24, 2017 3:32 PM CST
Being a novice, I'm not positive about how to interpret the PBF designation (rare treat's page refers to it as a PBF), but I do have one iris that has significant purple coloration at the base of the foliage (Pass the Wine). Unfortunately the iris in question from the initial photo does not appear to have PBF which puts me right back to square one believing it's Hemstitched (although I have a couple of knowledgeable folks here say it's not Hemstitched due to the slight color differences I ponder whether the color differences are due to camera differences, time of day when my photo was taken, etc.). I know I have to contact the grower who mailed the iris, but I've been recalcitrant since my experience with them was not a good one because of the condition and way the rhizomes were shipped- and ultimately my concerns came to fruition as both dwarf iris rhizomes died and this bonus was the only survivor and turned out to be mis-labeled- not a ringing endorsement. In any event, this iris does have the most amazing fragrance of any iris I've encountered and is a very unique color/pattern to anything else we have growing so even if it remains a notorious 'NOID' it will continue to have a place in our collection.
Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
May 24, 2017 5:17 PM CST
Went through the grower's catalog and researched all the hybrids without a photo on the web-site and found another strong candidate: blue staccato. The search continues...... (can't open the AIS web-site right now, but looking to see if there is any mention of a sweet fragrance- actually reminded me of licorice).
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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May 24, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Sometimes we learn that some vendors are not reliable. I've learned that cheap isn't always going to get what you want. It's best to contact them and ask them if they know what it is. They might tell you and they might not, but at least you tried. I can't remember if Rare Treat has PBF or not, I'll have to check that out. Mine isn't going to bloom this year due to the hail storm. At least I haven't seen a stalk yet, maybe one will appear from somewhere as I have a lot of it.
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Name: Richard
SFBA (Zone 10a)
May 24, 2017 5:23 PM CST
Thanks Tom, I contacted Schreiners this afternoon and they told me Rare Treat doesn't have any significant scent and thus I pretty much ruled that out and went back to the original catalog and found Blue Staccato which I previously missed because the catalog had no photo of the bloom.

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