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Nov 5, 2017 10:54 PM CST
Name: Richard
Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a)
Gardens in Buckets Container Gardener Irises Region: Oklahoma
This beautiful iris has been growing around my mother's house for 15 years and her best friend had it grown around her home for 10 or more years before. I was told that it was dug up from the side of the road in Jones, OK more than 30 years ago. There have been two times that a "lite" version bloomed as seen in the last photo. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Nov 6, 2017 3:51 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Welcome!
Winklemanmr

Purple plicata irises are very difficult to identify as there are hundreds of them. I had a quick look at our database, mostly looking for the line running down the middle of the falls and I found the following possibilities:
Acropole

Hawaiian Holiday

Rococo


There are many irises in the database that don't have images and there will be other irises that it could be. The only way to accurately identify your iris is to acquire the iris you think it may be and do a side by side comparison when they bloom. The height, bloom time, colour of the iris and beards and the branching should all match.

Good luck with your search Crossing Fingers!
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Nov 6, 2017 5:46 AM 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
Welcome! Winklemannr! Good luck with your search!
“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.” --John Muir (1838-1914)
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Nov 6, 2017 8:45 AM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
I agree and another Welcome!
BlueFlagFan said: Welcome! Winklemannr! Good luck with your search!
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Nov 6, 2017 9:07 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Welcome! Winklemanmr

I think you should start with a search of the purple and white plicatas in the database (check out blue & white and violet & white as well). Yes, there are a whole lot of them. The fact that your iris is probably at least 25-30 years old will narrow the search field to iris introduced before 1990-1995. Also, it has the more modern form so you can probably rule out plicatas introduced before 1945 or so. That still gives you 50 years of plicatas but the prominent centerline on the falls will narrow it even more.
"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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Nov 6, 2017 4:11 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
iciris said: I agree and another Welcome!




welcome, and good luck.......!
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Nov 6, 2017 7:48 PM CST
Name: Richard
Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a)
Gardens in Buckets Container Gardener Irises Region: Oklahoma
Thanks for the encouragement and the leads. I did get a strange bloom last year when I moved this iris around and made a new bed. The picture looks similar to "San Francisco" which is a parent to "Acropole" and the other strange bloom in my initial post does look like "Hawaiian Holiday"
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Nov 6, 2017 9:24 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
Oh, you got a really cool chimera, which is what the blooms that go a bit crazy are called. A chimera can have color changes, such as yours, or ones where the petals are half one color and half another. But they can also have extra falls or be missing some, or just produce really odd blooms. Your second and third blooms above are amongst the pretty chimera. These blooms are usually caused by environmental stressors like late freezes and the such. We have several threads on this forum about them if you want to check out the beautiful oddities of the iris world.
"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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Nov 6, 2017 10:05 PM CST
Name: Richard
Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a)
Gardens in Buckets Container Gardener Irises Region: Oklahoma
Thank you Lestv, I'm learning more and more each day. I went a little crazy the past two years and have a multitude of irises growing. I even have a few rebloomers going crazy here in OKC. Also, I have another question not related to this particular discussion, but are there irises that only bloom in the Fall. I have City Lights planted and it's only bloomed in the Fall the past two seasons. It's been going strong this season for over 30 days. It even survived the first freeze a couple weeks ago.
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Nov 7, 2017 5:33 AM 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
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Richard, I am no expert but for my two cents rebloomers are supposed to bloom in the spring and also in the fall. Some of mine that bloom in the fall do so very well that they do not recoup enough bloom energy to make a show in the spring but again will bloom the next fall. Repeat bloomers bloom in the spring and then may rebloom a month later or several times during the summer. One of the things I have found to encourage rebloomers to perform as expected is to give them extra water during the summer, expecially during very hot dry months, and feed them after the first bloom cycle in the spring. There are others on here who collect and grow many rebloomers and they will be better able to help with this question. Smiling Welcome to the iris forum. Your photos are lovely.
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Nov 7, 2017 11:14 PM CST
Name: Richard
Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a)
Gardens in Buckets Container Gardener Irises Region: Oklahoma
Bonnie,

Thank you for the advice. I may have overwatered this summer. I also did a lot of watering after planting my new irises that I ordered from Schreiner's. I would like to add them to my list, but they have not been added to the database as some of them are 2017 introductions. Of the eight that I ordered I feel that 4 of them will bloom for sure this spring. I can't wait to see them!!!
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Nov 8, 2017 12:28 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
I can't wait to see them too Thumbs up especially the new Schreiners.
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Nov 8, 2017 12:43 AM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Totally_Amazing said:I can't wait to see them too Thumbs up especially the new Schreiners.


me, too!
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Nov 8, 2017 12:56 AM CST
Name: Richard
Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a)
Gardens in Buckets Container Gardener Irises Region: Oklahoma
I'm not sure if I could post the pictures from the Schreiner's website and I'm too new to post a link, please check out the 2017 introductions on their website.

I have the following:
Bellini
Cubs Win It
Express Yourself
Feel The Thunder
Morning World
On Deck
Triple Take

The 8th iris I ordered was the one I originally wanted "Starship Enterprise" but it was not available and it was replaced with "Who Needs A Prince"

Can't wait for Spring 2018...

Also, I will be ordering "Tanzanite Twinkle" for 2018 planting!!!
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Nov 8, 2017 2:35 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
This is the link to the schreiner 2017 introductions
https://www.schreinersgardens....
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Nov 8, 2017 4:36 AM CST
Name: Tom
Southern Wisconsin (Zone 5b)
Butterflies Vegetable Grower Keeper of Poultry Irises Keeps Horses Dog Lover
Daylilies Cat Lover Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Nice order Richard. You should have some nice pictures to post to the data base next spring. Smiling
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Nov 8, 2017 2:04 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
thx for posting the link, robin.
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Nov 9, 2017 8:49 AM CST
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Region: North Carolina Peonies Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Beautiful choices Richard!

Since you live in Oklahoma City I have a suggestion for you. Take time during the bloom season to visit Stout Garden at Dancingtree. Hugh Stout grows a very large variety of iris (and daylillies) and you live so close you should go take in the beauty. I wish I had a vendor like that in my backyard. nodding Check out their website for more info.

You can contact them at:
info@stoutgardens.com or by phone at (405) 642.4190.

website: https://www.stoutgardens.com/

They are located at:
432 NE 70th St
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
"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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Nov 10, 2017 2:45 AM CST
Name: Richard
Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a)
Gardens in Buckets Container Gardener Irises Region: Oklahoma
I will definitely check them out this spring. Thanks!!
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Nov 11, 2017 2:23 PM CST
Baltimore, MD
It may be "stepping out"....a very nice older iris..

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