I MAY have finally ID'ed my mystery Iris!... but I'm not sure.
Some of you may recall that a few years ago this big, beautiful, sweet-scented iris that came from the bed of a pick-up truck at a local plant swap captured my heart and got me to purchase oodles more iris. Since then, I've wondered what cultivar it was, and after a lot of speculation, I ordered an Iris I thought it could potentially be based on a picture and the knowledge that my iris was likely an older, more common variety from somewhere in this general area.
I purchased Pallida Dalmatica from Old House Farms in Ann Arbor and...
Both irises bloomed at the SAME exact time (to the day), and are only two of three varieties in my garden that are in bloom right now (out of the 50-75 varieties that I own)... which is encouraging.
... And they are the same exact color! Take a look!:
... And they both have a sweet smell (my mystery Iris might be infinitesimally more fragrant, but it's hard to tell)
... And both my mystery Iris and pallida dalmatica have the paper husk buds and the same-looking foliage.... And 4-5 bud count per stem.
... The fly in the ointment?...
They are two very different heights!
... Is this a deal breaker, or is it still possible they are the same? (One is in a smaller pot, smaller rhizome, could that have any impact on the height?) I'm not sure if there were other differences in their growing since both were randomly potted and put in a spot in a garden bed to overwinter.
Another comparison photo of the blooms: