Irises forum: Holey NOID! ID needed

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Oregon's high desert (Zone 6a)
Jun 6, 2017 11:24 AM CST

1. What is this iris? I was told it was "Quantum Leap", but I am not sure. It is 36", has a sweet scent.

2. The top blossom has one to two holes in each fall, and apparently in one of the standards, now that I look at it. This is the third year my irises have bloomed in Oregon, and this is the first time this has happened, and it's only happening in this one iris (the only plant I have of this variety). The earlier blossoms on this one had a bit of the border apparently chewed off each of the falls, but the disappearing edges has not continued.

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Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Jun 6, 2017 11:41 AM CST
Pretty iris. Apparently the bugs love it!
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Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
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Jun 6, 2017 12:02 PM CST
I used to have Quantum Leap, but not longer have it. Here are some pictures of it from my files. Hope this helps
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Oregon's high desert (Zone 6a)
Jun 6, 2017 3:52 PM CST
Thank you, Tom. Yours looks much bluer, and with no white on the standards as there is on mine. This strengthens my doubts that this is Quantum Leap.

Name: Marilyn
Central California (Zone 9b)
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Jun 6, 2017 6:31 PM CST
I don't recall if you have been on the iris forum before LynnDel...but either way welcome! Welcome!

I have seen bugs chew leaves like this but not iris petals! It must be tasty!

I thought your iris would be easy to identify so I did a quick search on rose colored plicata TBs and did not find any that had so much white on the standards. So no luck that way... Thumbs down It's a lovely bloom. I hope someone recognizes it!

Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
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Jun 7, 2017 6:16 AM CST
It may be that an insect chewed into the bud (before it opened)
(Zone 9b)
Region: California
Jun 7, 2017 10:11 AM CST
I've had bugs (snails/slugs included) chew the leaves, the buds, the stems and the blooms. So I've seen holey blooms on irises, and nearly any other flower in my garden.

Look at how tiny some slugs were this year. This is on a small bloom too.
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Oregon's high desert (Zone 6a)
Jun 7, 2017 1:01 PM CST
Thanks for the welcome, Marilyn. I've just been here a short time, and everyone is so friendly and helpful!

I don't have slugs or snails here, so it must be a bug of some kind. Perhaps that one iris is more tempting than any other variety I have.

Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Jun 8, 2017 3:52 AM CST
Sorry that I haven't a clue about what the iris is. You may not have slugs or snails (or maybe you think you don't), but I have to agree with Rob; I have seen precisely that kind of bloom damage from the slugs and snails here.
It's daylily season!

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