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May 16, 2018 7:45 AM CST
Indiana (Zone 6a)
Hello all,
New member to the forum here seeking some help with a possible NOID iris. I brought this division with me from an old home in Salt Lake City. It has bloomed around early-mid May for me both in zone 6 Utah and Zone 5/6 Indiana now. Despite the way the photos appear I would say the color is definitely more of a pale lavender and I really don't detect much pink in real life. It has a moderate sweet fragrance. Deep inside the flowers are some light brown markings. It grows fairly tall with this year's first season bloom stalks topping out over 36 inches in full sun. I've included two close-ups of one of its first blooms this season and one of the new clumps in my current garden. I have looked up pictures of an old iris 'Odoratissima' which in some photos looks fairly similar.

Thank you to anyone who might have ideas or suggestions.

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May 16, 2018 10:19 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
Leaf1938 ~ Welcome! to the Iris Forum!

I wish that I could help you with this one. Maybe some others that have an extensive knowledge of historic irises can help you.
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May 16, 2018 1:26 PM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I'm thinking you may be correct, if not "odoratissima", a pallida of some sort. What does it smell like ?
Avatar for Leaf1938
May 16, 2018 3:13 PM CST
Indiana (Zone 6a)
The best I can say is a sweet floral smell. A good friend said it smells like 'Pez' candies. I measured tonight, the tallest bloom stalk is 42 inches. Also, each stalk is branched one time and the terminal bud on the main stalk is always double socketed while the rest are singles. It is a robust grower for certain.

Thanks again, and I'll have more photos forthcoming. We put in a new iris bed last summer and newer hybrids are just getting ready to get started here after a very late winter.
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May 16, 2018 4:23 PM CST
Name: daphne
san diego county, ca (Zone 10a)
Vermiculture Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
Welcome! leaf1938 to the iris forum. the person who answered your question is more qualified than i am. i know very little about the older historics. your iris is a very lovely shade of lavender.
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May 16, 2018 7:31 PM CST
Northern CA (Zone 9a)
Region: California Cat Lover Dog Lover Irises Enjoys or suffers hot summers
Welcome! leaf1938 Welcome!
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May 17, 2018 3:44 AM CST
Name: Robin
Melbourne, Australia (Zone 10b)
Region: Australia Garden Photography Cat Lover Irises Seed Starter
Welcome! leaf1938. Unfortunatley I am not familiar with historic irises either.
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May 17, 2018 6:44 AM CST
Name: Arlyn
Whiteside County, Illinois (Zone 5a)
Beekeeper Region: Illinois Irises Celebrating Gardening: 2015
The pallida usually are described as having a "grape" aroma. Here's my example of Odoratissima:

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