Irises forum: Your very best blue iris?

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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 5, 2018 3:27 PM CST
What is your best blue iris? Is it really blue? Does it rebloom, have strong stems, grow healthy rhizomes??? What other good qualities does it have?
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Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Sep 5, 2018 5:55 PM CST
I have some blues but they are fairly new to me. Have to answer In a year.
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William
Sep 6, 2018 12:21 AM CST
Absolute Treasure is my favorite, but I have only been growing it one season, so who knows?
Colors are fairly accurate in this photo, but it can be paler too.

A newly planted rhizome pushed out a huge bloom stalk and still managed 3 very good increases in a spot where some of its neighbors had partial rots during winter. The mother rhizome has given me 2 more increases this summer and this is despite of me moving the whole clump (without trimming the fans)to a prime location in the middle of the worst drought I ever experienced during the sunniest summer on record here in Sweden.
So a bit early to tell perhaps, but I do love this iris a lot. Lovey dubby Lovey dubby Lovey dubby
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Polymerous
Sep 6, 2018 12:32 AM CST
Thanks for the glowing review, William! I'm looking forward to getting mine!
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Name: Lilli
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IrisLilli
Sep 6, 2018 5:31 AM CST
I don't have a lot of truly blue irises, but I'm with William - Absolute Treasure is great looking and a good grower. Thumbs up
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Name: Leslie
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Lestv
Sep 6, 2018 8:39 AM CST
Absolute Treasure is my bluest too. I had a NoID that was suppose to be Sky and Sun but wasn't. It was a pretty mid blue. Darker than Ab. Treasure.
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Name: Evelyn
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evelyninthegarden
Sep 6, 2018 10:39 AM CST
I just received Absolute Treasure this season. 3 small rhizomes instead of one good size one. I think it was from Shady Spot

I am looking forward to seeing them grow big and strong!

Elegance in Blue is a very strong grower that I got last year. We will see what happens in its second year. So far, it is the best grower, and *almost* blue.

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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Sep 6, 2018 10:57 AM CST
Cool Charlotte is another good light blue.
Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
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Polymerous
Sep 6, 2018 12:55 PM CST
I have several lighter blues and some "icy", blues, but right now, of those that I have seen, I'd say that the "very best" blue iris I have is 'Platinum Passion'.

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Name: Monty Riggles
Henry County, Virginia (Zone 7a)
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UndyingLight
Sep 6, 2018 3:00 PM CST
I actually do not have a blue iris that has bloomed yet for me. I'm *that* new to irises. I believe 'Full Tide' is blue, but it hasn't bloomed and could easily be false-advertising from Walmart, so who knows.

If I had to pick an iris that is blue, or primarily blue that I love, it's Blueberry Boat. Golly! It is soooooo pretty! (Okay, yeah, I know, it's more purple-y, but c'mon! Anybody got any spares? Rolling on the floor laughing )
Cherry trees in full bloom!

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Name: Jane H.
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janielouy
Sep 6, 2018 6:07 PM CST
I will definitely second Absolute Treasure for its vigor and healthy increases rather quickly, Mine was much paler this year than last but so prolific. I have a beautiful blue called Miah Jane which is lovely and also Restless Tide.
Thumb of 2018-09-07/janielouy/7f71e9 Restless Tide
Thumb of 2018-09-07/janielouy/ddc080 Restless Tide in sun
Yaquina Blue
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Thumb of 2018-09-07/janielouy/98d559 Miah Jane
These all perform well for me and are blue, not purple.
Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Sep 6, 2018 6:27 PM CST
The blue iris I'm most anticipating to see bloom is Yosemite star.

Name: Jane H.
Kentucky (Zone 6b)
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janielouy
Sep 6, 2018 6:40 PM CST
Actually my last picture is Aaron's Rod because now I see the horns on it. I will look for another Miah Jane picture.
Thumb of 2018-09-07/janielouy/b93779 Miah Jane by Parkhill

Name: Sherry Austin
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Henhouse
Sep 6, 2018 8:16 PM CST
I'm also very fond of 'Absolute Treasure'.

I also like some old blues.


'Feed Back' has been a reliable re-bloomer and strong grower.


'Sugar Blues', likewise


I've had this blue NOID for around 20 years.. Still love it. I've bought many blues over the years.. so far, no match.
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dirtdorphins
Sep 6, 2018 8:44 PM CST
Henhouse said:
I also like some old blues.

I've had this blue NOID for around 20 years.. Still love it. I've bought many blues over the years.. so far, no match.
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Lovey dubby lovely
Name: Richard
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creativeclover
Sep 6, 2018 9:27 PM CST
Sherry, love the noid blue.
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UndertheSun
Sep 6, 2018 9:32 PM CST
Merchant Marine
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Name: Marilyn, aka "Poly"
South San Francisco Bay Area (Zone 9b)
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Polymerous
Sep 6, 2018 9:58 PM CST
Nice NOID blue!

I got a NOID blue bloom this season... it blooms the same time as 'Navajo Jewel', has similar colors and height, but I don't think that's it. (I could be wrong, though...)

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INOID4 for Iris NOID #4



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Name: Jan Wax
Mendocino County, N. CA (Zone 9a)
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janwax
Sep 6, 2018 10:25 PM CST
Cool Charlotte is actually more clear blue than this photo

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UndertheSun
Sep 6, 2018 11:23 PM CST
Sea Power (bloomed out this year and is now shriveled up and dead)
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