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Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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BlueFlagFan
Oct 21, 2017 5:45 PM CST
I thought I would start a thread listing irises wanted by forum particpants that are rare, hard to find, and no longer offered by commercial vendors. That way we have an accessible list when you visit a local iris sale or find an obscure source and want to assist a fellow enabler! If you're looking for a certain rare variety or 10, respond to the thread and I will continually update this original post to maintain a current list. Once you've acquired a variety on your list, please respond so I can remove the variety. I'm open to suggestions on how to manage/improve this list too.

[Last updated: 7 September 2018]

United States
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Adoring Glances') Niswonger 1992 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Alsterquelle') Denkewitz 1976 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Baby Barn Owl') Marshall 2012 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Baby Brown Eyes') Pinegar 1993 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Barbary Coast') McWhirter 1976 - evelyninthegarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Barnstormer') Brown 1973 - grannysgarden
Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Black Kitten') Hite 1982 - dirtdorphins
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Blue-Eyed Elf') Crump 2015 - grannysgarden
Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Brownie Boy') Brizendine 1988 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Candy Queen') Niswonger 1992 - evelyninthegarden
Spuria Iris (Iris 'Cherokee Chief') Nies 1949 - UncleWill
Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Chickadee') Jones 1963 - dirtdorphins
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Cincilla') Bianco 2011 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Coffee Boy') Blyth 1985 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Derive') Anfosso 1991 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Destiny') Burgess 1932 - urania1
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Doctor Moody') Moody 1960 - urania1
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Feeorin') Stewart 2015 - cbunny41
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Glacier') Cayeux 1962 - urania1
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Goodnight Irene') Sexton 1970 - shizen
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Groovy Grubworm') Black 1995 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Hobgoblin') Blyth 1989 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Humming Bird's Blessings') Coleman 2005 - Lestv
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Hussy') Blyth 2006 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Igrivy Rebionok') Osipenko 2006 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Innocenza') Lemon 1854 - urania1
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Irwell Indian Maid') Busch 2007 - urania1
Siberian Iris (Iris 'Jaybird') Hager 1982 - Tienito
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Jiansada') Blyth 1985 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Judge's Special') - Ladylovingdove
Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Little Bird') Baumunk 2009 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Master of Chocolate') Pietek 2014 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Minosse') Bianco 2007 - grannysgarden
Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Minute Angel') Walker 2012 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Moby Dick') Sass 1953 - lovemyhouse
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Myra's Child') Greenlee 1971 - cbunny41
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Mystic Melody') Stevens 1949 - urania1
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Natty Attire') Burseen 2013 - Lestv
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Olives and Umber') Blyth 2006 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Pesky') Crump 2015 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Polka Doll') Beck 1967 - Lestv
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Poplyte') Stewart 2011 - cbunny41
Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Pour It On') Black 1996 - Ladylovingdove
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Prairie Spirit') Coleman 2014 - Lestv
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Priwall') Denkewitz, 1985 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Rock Goblin') Blyth 2012 - grannysgarden
Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Ruby Chimes') Brown 1971 - urania1
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sandalwood') Sass 1937 - UndyingLight
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sirocco Mist') Blyth 2005 - iciris
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sooty Face') Williams 1975 - dirtdorphins
Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Sparkling Eyes') Welch 1953 - dirtdorphins
Species Iris (Iris aphylla) - evelyninthegarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Summit') Stevens 1948 - urania1
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Terse Verse') Blyth 2000 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Tobacco Road') Kleinsorge 1941- evelyninthegarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Trostringer') Sass 1926 - crowrita1
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'White Queen') Geylenkek 1918 - urania1
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Witch's Toes') Blyth 2000 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Yat Rock') Niswonger 1993 - grannysgarden

Any Arilbreds from hybridizers Les Peterson and Sharon McAllister before 1999 - arilbred

EU
Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Rust Never Sleeps') Lauer 2013 - IrisLilli
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
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Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
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shizen
Oct 21, 2017 6:06 PM CST
good plan, scott.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
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grannysgarden
Oct 21, 2017 6:15 PM CST
I will start with a couple that have been on my list a loooong time. SDB Priwall. Used to be offered here but can't find it anymore.

SDB Robin's Nest. A Carol Coleman iris. Due to health issues another vendor is taking her irises but this one has not been available for a few years.

Baby Barn Owl. Not a U S iris but you never know when it will show up

Scott it may be more helpful if I leave off the commentary. If so I will go back and edit. Let me know how to help make this thread productive. Smiling
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
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BlueFlagFan
Oct 21, 2017 6:36 PM CST
Bonnie, I don't mind the commentary!! Thumbs up
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Oct 21, 2017 6:53 PM CST
A few more....
SDB Alsterquelle. I think a German iris and they don't share a lot. Glare

SDB Barnstormer
SDB Derive
SDB Blue Eyed Elf
SDB Groovy Grubworm
SDB Hobgoblin
SDB Hussy
SDB Rock Goblin
SDB Olives and Umber
SDB Real Coquette
SDB Witches Toes

I think I am over my 10. *Blush*
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
Name: Evelyn
Northern CA Sierra foothills - (Zone 8a)
Region: United States of America Region: California Annuals Bulbs Butterflies Cat Lover
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evelyninthegarden
Oct 22, 2017 1:21 AM CST
TB Barbary Coast
Sp Iris aphylla
TB Tobacco Road
TB Cahokia (possibly Bluebird Haven)
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
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LizinElizabeth
Oct 22, 2017 11:28 AM CST
I've not seen enough irises to know which ones are rare but just wanted to say that I plan to volunteer for the Elmohr iris sale going on next July, I'll keep an eye out for any that make this list. There are gardeners in that group that have been iris collectors for several decades, might be able to find a few. Also plan to visit the 3 big growers I've found online in CO next April/May and will keep an eye out there as well.
LizB
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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Oct 22, 2017 12:32 PM CST
I've had this iris on my want list for a couple of years: not that old of an iris, but a most wanted one. Country Delight Iris had it, now I'm just hoping they reopen next year.
If anyone has it and wants to trade (or sell) please contact me. I tip my hat to you.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
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lovemyhouse
Oct 22, 2017 12:54 PM CST
I really, really, reeeel-ly want this Iris. One of the Pickle Barrel folks thinks they have it, but they have to wait for bloom confirmation. Soooo...
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Butterflies Canning and food preservation
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BlueFlagFan
Oct 22, 2017 1:07 PM CST
Barbara and Debra, I've added Sirocco Mist and Moby Dick to the list. I hope you (or someone else) can find them!
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
Dragonflies Dog Lover Bookworm I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Photography Bee Lover
Plays in the sandbox Butterflies Region: Texas Garden Sages I sent a postcard to Randy! Charter ATP Member
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lovemyhouse
Oct 22, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Thank you, Scott. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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
Oct 22, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Scott - you will be able to find Purissima and Snow Flurry through Superstition Iris. They have carried both for awhile and they say they will be available again in 2018. Remember to order early if you really want the iris before it gets sold out!
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
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
Oct 22, 2017 2:43 PM CST
I would love to get Prairie Spirit and Hummingbird's Blessing. Both are Carol Coleman dwarfs. I had them on order with her, but sadly she has had a stroke and had to cancel all orders. Supposedly Rainbow will have them, or at least Kelly has all her iris and seedlings, but Hummingbird has never been available. Prairie Spirit is gorgeous so would love this one.

I would also like to find Burseen's Natty Attire.
My road calls me, lures me west, east, south & north; most roads lead men homewards, my road leads me forth. - John Masefield
Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers Dog Lover
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iciris
Oct 22, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Thank you Scott. I tip my hat to you.
• “Whoever said, ‘Do something right and you won’t have to do it again’ never weeded a garden.” – Anonymous
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
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dirtdorphins
Oct 22, 2017 3:09 PM CST
Black Kitten, MDB, Hite1982
Chickadee, MDB, Jones 1963
Sparkling Eyes, MDB, Welch 1953
Sooty Face, SBD, Williams 1975
Three Cherries, MDB, Hagar 1971
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises Native Plants and Wildflowers Birds Butterflies Canning and food preservation
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BlueFlagFan
Oct 22, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Lestv said:Scott - you will be able to find Purissima and Snow Flurry through Superstition Iris. They have carried both for awhile and they say they will be available again in 2018. Remember to order early if you really want the iris before it gets sold out!


That's great news Leslie! @evelyninthegarden

Leslie, do you know what is the best way to order from Superstition if someone does not use Facebook?
“A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.” -Aldo Leopold
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Garden Photography Bee Lover Region: Utah Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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dirtdorphins
Oct 22, 2017 4:27 PM CST
email
[email protected]
request known wants pre-catalog...
order a catalog, want more, fill out order form and mail in, email more emergency wants before order ships Green Grin!

btw, Superstition sends awesome irises!
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(Zone 9b)
Region: California
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UndertheSun
Oct 22, 2017 4:48 PM CST
I do not know her, but I'm sending out good wishes to Carol Coleman. Group hug May she have a full recovery and healthy future.
Name: Bonnie Sojourner
Harris Brake Lake, Arkansas (Zone 7a)
Magnolia zone
Region: United States of America Region: Arkansas Master Gardener: Arkansas Irises Plant and/or Seed Trader Moon Gardener
Garden Ideas: Master Level Dragonflies Bulbs Garden Art Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Gardens in Buckets
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grannysgarden
Oct 22, 2017 5:05 PM CST
Thanks Rob. Their site was 'Iris on Pond' I think and both her and husband Ken worked in the irises. They used to sell but in the last few years have offered their irises through other vendors.
Who plants a seed beneath the sod and waits for growth believes in God. ~~Unknown
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
Oct 22, 2017 5:27 PM CST
Scott, I think Dirt answered it well. To order from Superstition you need to order their catalogue
No orders are placed through Facebook. But do ask for a catalogue early so you can get the pre-catalogue iris list. All orders must be mailed in. All this is really worth it. They send amazing healthy rhizomes.

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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