Irises forum: Deformed iris

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Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
May 3, 2018 3:38 PM CST
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Daughter of Stars had the first 2 blooms of the season yesterday, both looked like this. Can you tell from my photo how short the standards are? New blooms today look normal. I am not really surprised they are deformed, we had extreme up and down temperatures this spring, warm days then dropped a few nights to hard freeze, 25 degrees or so. I guess I am surprised they look as good as this.
Name: Leslie
Durham, NC (Zone 8a)
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Lestv
May 3, 2018 8:57 PM CST
Frost and such often causes deformed blooms. These strange iris are also called chimera and some can be quite entertaining.
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Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 3, 2018 9:25 PM CST
We, also have been having yo-yo weather here. I am not sure if you can see in this picture, but on several irises, the leaves only partially emerged, and then some of them had ripples in them. I have never seen anything like that before.
Also one has a curvy stalk, instead of being straight as it should be.
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I guess I don't have a picture of that one.

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Name: Barbara
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
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iciris
May 3, 2018 9:40 PM CST
'Just Crazy' Sticking tongue out with four falls and two standards.
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Name: Nancy
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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alilyfan
May 4, 2018 12:35 PM CST
This may indeed be an interesting year. I have so many Daughter of Stars I rather like the change. I have the same frost damage in a couple others, maybe to a lesser extent.
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 4, 2018 12:59 PM CST
iciris said:'Just Crazy' Sticking tongue out with four falls and two standards.
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Ha, ha...Just Crazy! nodding
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Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
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Totally_Amazing
May 4, 2018 5:47 PM CST
evelyninthegarden said:We, also have been having yo-yo weather here. I am not sure if you can see in this picture, but on several irises, the leaves only partially emerged, and then some of them had ripples in them. I have never seen anything like that before.
Also one has a curvy stalk, instead of being straight as it should be.
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I guess I don't have a picture of that one.



I've had this happen on my agapanthus and it was caused by mealybugs sucking the sap out of the foliage. I wonder if a bug of some description is doing the same thing to your iris.
Los Altos, CA (Zone 9b)
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AndreaD
May 5, 2018 12:02 AM CST
Evelyn,

Several of my irises' leaves had ripples in them, like they had been pleated horizontally. I don't know what causes it, but it is not uncommon.

I also have had curving stalks. In fact, I planted three rhizomes of Louisa's Song next to each other in front of a south-facing stucco wall. They each developed a short, curved stalk, sort of like an S-shape. I assume that was due to variation of temperature, maybe it got too warm. Or maybe it was a nutritional issue? I didn't see any evidence of insects. Other iris planted along the same wall grew straight stalks. What was weird was that each of the Louisa's Song rhizomes developed stalks that were exactly the same shape and height. Confused Shrug!
Name: Evelyn
Sierra foothills, Northern CA (Zone 8a)
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evelyninthegarden
May 5, 2018 10:59 AM CST
Andrea ~ Louisa's Song was doing her own dance to her own song. Just one iris has this curvy stalk. It must be a combination of weather fluctuations and genetics. No bugs on my irises, so far. Crossing Fingers!
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