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Oct 21, 2017 5:45 PM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant and/or Seed Trader
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: 2 January 2022]

United States
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Adoring Glances') Niswonger 1992 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Alsterquelle') Denkewitz 1976 - grannysgarden
Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Anacrusis') Mathes 1992 - dirtdorphins
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Baby Barn Owl') Marshall 2012 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Baby Boom') Byers 1989 - Hybridizer
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
Species X Iris (Iris 'Ben's Legacy') Vaughn 2001 - 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
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Caitlin Hammaren') Burseen 2008 - Lestv & eeeelaine88
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 'Cincillà') Bianco 2011 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Coffee Boy') Blyth 1985 - grannysgarden
Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Concerto Grosso') Mathes 1998 - dirtdorphins
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Cynthia Ann Parker') Crow 1946 - SJButler
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 'Ever Ready') Byers 1990 - Hybridizer
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Feeorin') Stewart 2015 - cbunny41
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Glacier') Cayeux 1962 - urania1
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Half Past Happy') Burseen 2017 - Iris_Hoarder
Border Bearded Iris (Iris 'Haunted') Johnson 2005 - UndertheSun
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Heavenly Bliss') Byers 1988 - Hybridizer
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Hobgoblin') Blyth 1989 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Hussy') Blyth 2006 - grannysgarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Igrivy Rebionok') Osipenko 2006 - grannysgarden
Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Invention') Mathes 1995 - dirtdorphins
Arilbred Iris (Iris 'Iridescent Orange') Mathes 2001 - dirtdorphins
Species Iris (Iris aphylla) - evelyninthegarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Irwell Indian Maid') Busch 2007 - urania1
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Jiansada') Blyth 1985 - grannysgarden
Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Little Bird') Baumunk 2009 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Lurid') Byers 1986 - Hybridizer
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
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Mister Allan') Bianco 2016 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Misty Moonscape') Roe 1976 - creativeclover
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Moby Dick') Sass 1953 - lovemyhouse
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Muggles') Innerst 1999 - DiluteCalico
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Myra's Child') Greenlee 1971 - cbunny41
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Novel Idea') Ghio 2005 - iciris
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Olives and Umber') Blyth 2006 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Peking Dancer') Blyth 1985 - Lestv
Miniature Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Perfume') Byers 1988 - Hybridizer
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
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Quechee') Knowlton 1947 - MaryMills1
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 'Sensationalizer') Burseen 2007 - Lestv
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
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Stolen Identity') Burseen 2007 - Lestv
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Terse Verse') Blyth 2000 - grannysgarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Toasted Almond') Ghio 1981 - evelyninthegarden
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'Tobacco Road') Kleinsorge 1941- evelyninthegarden
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Tyrian Velvet') Burton 2005 - irisarian
Tall Bearded Iris (Iris 'White Queen') Geylenkek 1918 - urania1
Standard Dwarf Bearded Iris (Iris 'Witch's Toes') Blyth 2000 - grannysgarden
Border Bearded Iris (Iris 'Yo') Ensminger 1993 - BlueFlagFan
Any Arilbreds from hybridizers Les Peterson and Sharon McAllister before 1999 - arilbred

EU
Intermediate Bearded Iris (Iris 'Rust Never Sleeps') Lauer 2013 - IrisLilli
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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Oct 21, 2017 6:06 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
good plan, scott.
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Oct 21, 2017 6:15 PM CST
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
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
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Oct 21, 2017 6:36 PM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant and/or Seed Trader
Bonnie, I don't mind the commentary!! Thumbs up
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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Oct 21, 2017 6:53 PM CST
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
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*
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Oct 22, 2017 1:21 AM CST
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
Irises Region: Ukraine Garden Procrastinator Bee Lover Butterflies Plant and/or Seed Trader
Region: California Cat Lover Deer Bulbs Foliage Fan Annuals
TB Barbary Coast
Sp Iris aphylla
TB Tobacco Road
TB Cahokia (possibly Bluebird Haven)
"Luck favors the prepared mind." - Thomas Jefferson
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Oct 22, 2017 11:28 AM CST
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Annuals Winter Sowing Plant and/or Seed Trader Peonies Lilies Irises
Hummingbirder Dragonflies Dog Lover Daylilies Bee Lover Birds
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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Oct 22, 2017 12:32 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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
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Oct 22, 2017 12:54 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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
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.
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Oct 22, 2017 1:07 PM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant and/or Seed Trader
Barbara and Debra, I've added Sirocco Mist and Moby Dick to the list. I hope you (or someone else) can find them!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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Oct 22, 2017 1:08 PM CST
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Rescue dogs: Angels with paws needi
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
Thank you, Scott. Smiling
It’s okay to not know all the answers.
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Oct 22, 2017 2:38 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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!
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Oct 22, 2017 2:43 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black
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Oct 22, 2017 2:50 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
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
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Oct 22, 2017 3:09 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2021
Black Kitten, MDB, Hite1982
Chickadee, MDB, Jones 1963
Sparkling Eyes, MDB, Welch 1953
Sooty Face, SBD, Williams 1975
Three Cherries, MDB, Hagar 1971
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Oct 22, 2017 3:20 PM CST
Name: Scott
Elburn, IL (Zone 5b)
Birds Butterflies Dog Lover Canning and food preservation Region: Illinois Irises
Native Plants and Wildflowers Plant and/or Seed Trader
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?
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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Oct 22, 2017 4:27 PM CST
Name: Dirt
(Zone 5b)
Plant Lover: Loves 'em all! Region: Utah Bee Lover Garden Photography Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Photo Contest Winner: 2016 Photo Contest Winner 2018 Photo Contest Winner 2019 Photo Contest Winner 2020 Photo Contest Winner 2021
email
randrcv@sti.net
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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Oct 22, 2017 4:48 PM CST
(Zone 9b)
Region: California Garden Ideas: Level 1
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.
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Oct 22, 2017 5:05 PM CST
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
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.
Thro' all the tumult and the strife I hear the music ringing; It finds an echo in my soul— How can I keep from singing?
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Oct 22, 2017 5:27 PM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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.
"The chimera is a one time happenstance event where the plant has a senior moment and forgets what it is doing." - Paul Black

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