Irises forum: Mystery iris

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LynnDel
May 27, 2017 3:05 PM CST
I bought most of my irises three years ago from a friend who has won prizes for her irises in S. California shows. She gave me the registered names of all those I bought, but I lost the name for this one and can't find anything similar online. I love the velvety violet falls. The shade makes them look slightly darker than they really are.

It just opened today, is 36" tall, has a very light fragrance. 1/3 of my irises have bloomed so far, so does that make it early/mid season? (I'm in zone 6b. We have a three-month growing season, starting about now.)


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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 27, 2017 3:14 PM CST
Does the name Starring sound familiar? :
Edit maybe not: the edge of the standards looks different.
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LynnDel
May 27, 2017 3:25 PM CST
Close, but too white, I think. Or is that important? (just learning about irises)

The standards on mine are very light violet, more purple than pink. It may be hard to tell that in the photo.

Maybe I should give it a couple of days to mature, since it just opened this morning. The standards will change, and the color will probably lighten more. Thanks for the response!

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Name: Barbara
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iciris
May 27, 2017 3:47 PM CST
Welcome! by the way, LynnDel.
Yes, your right, too white. Someone posted a link not long ago about growing conditions and color. Let me see if I can find it.
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LynnDel
May 27, 2017 8:54 PM CST
I took another shot at it. I hadn't noticed the gold edging on the standards until this shot.


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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
May 27, 2017 9:15 PM CST
Welcome! lynndel. what you have is a beautiful iris.

i've just recently gotten back into the world of iris, and i'm afraid i am not savvy with the names from 2002 to the present. sorry.
Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
May 28, 2017 11:00 AM CST
Welcome! to the iris forum, Lynn! Hurray!

I do not recognise your iris, but hopefully someone else will! Crossing Fingers!
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 28, 2017 1:07 PM CST
SunnyBorders said:A big question!

Have seen this discussed on-line several times, but I've never seen any noticeable colour change in any of the irises I've planted and maintained over years.

I'd wonder whether all of the variety of irises were purchased as named plants/cultivars and, especially whether they were each in flower at the time of purchase (e.g. correctly labelled); also, whether there were already iris rhizomes in the flower bed in which they were planted. Related are the facts that some irises are much more vigorous growers than others and that any bee-pollination of iris producing seeds which drop into the clump will not produce identical offspring.

Be interest to hear if others have had real or apparent colour change experiences with irises.

This seems a good reference: http://www.wildflower.org/expe...



Here is the link I was trying to find about iris changing color, This was from the thread named "Iris". about a week ago,
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LynnDel
May 28, 2017 6:27 PM CST
That's interesting, Iciris. I will wait a few days and see if I discern any color change. I did notice, during my search, one iris description that included information that the standards became whiter as it opened up further, so perhaps it does happen. I have noticed hue changes in my other irises, as well -- probably because as soon as they open, I'm out there taking pictures, and later on I do again, and the color appears slightly redder or bluer, lighter or darker, etc.

If (big if?) slight color change does occur, perhaps this is the one I am looking for: "Snowed In." It has the gold edging on the standards that I've been looking for. This iris of mine is in shade a lot of the day, and my cell phone camera isn't always perfect at translating color, especially in shade, so it makes it hard to tell. The first is "Snowed In," the second is my mystery iris.

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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 28, 2017 6:42 PM CST
I'm just a novice, but SunnyBorders posted this on the "Iris" thread and I thought it was well written and with a lot of good information.
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arilbred
May 29, 2017 2:23 AM CST
Lynndel, I grow a few àrilbreds as well as talls I have one that opens cream to fade to white
Name: Tom
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tveguy3
May 29, 2017 5:45 AM CST
I just found this thread, but my immediate guess was Snowed In. I saw the wire rim on the first picture. Smiling
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LynnDel
May 29, 2017 9:32 AM CST
Sharp eye, Tom! Thank you for your expertise.
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cbunny41
May 29, 2017 11:39 PM CST
Welcome! LynnDel. There have been so many new contributers lately that I may have welcomed you before on another thread. Hope you'll enjoy your visit and keep coming back.
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LynnDel
May 30, 2017 9:40 AM CST
I haven't been around here long enough to know the flavor of the site, but do old timers get tired of newbies like me asking for iris identification?
Name: Lilli
Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
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IrisLilli
May 30, 2017 2:14 PM CST
Not at all! Ask away! Hurray!

We might not always be able to help, but we will try! Crossing Fingers!

Bit of advice: Bloom season is crazy busy on this forum and if you do not get an id on an iris, you might want to try again later when things calm down a bit and people have more time to read and respond to posts.
You don't know if it will grow until you try!
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arilbred
Mar 25, 2018 2:25 PM CST
Look at cool Bres

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LynnDel
Apr 7, 2018 5:47 PM CST
arilbred said:Look at cool Bres



Thanks! That is certainly a possibility. I don't know the difference between Kool Bre's and Snowed In.
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arilbred
Apr 8, 2018 7:38 PM CST
Sorry misspelled should be Kool Bre's
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evelyninthegarden
Apr 8, 2018 11:49 PM CST
Yes they are both very close in appearance. Snowed In blooms from early to late, and Kool Bre's' has a mid late bloom, if that is any help.
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