Strange iris flowers

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Cockcroft
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Strange iris flowers

This Iris setosa grows well but the flower falls never expand to give a good show. There are plenty of flowers, but they're curled up. Is this a normal form for this iris? Is it a cultural problem, like needing more sun? Or just this clone?

Allison
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Cockcroft wrote:

This Iris setosa grows well but the flower falls never expand to give a good show.  There are plenty of flowers, but they're curled up.  Is this a normal form for this iris?  Is it a cultural problem, like needing more sun?  Or just this clone?

Definitely not normal for this species. Here's what they are supposed to look like:

Gardening on a wooded rocky ridge in the Ottawa Valley, Canada. Cold winters (-30C) and hot, humid summers. Nuts about native plants, ferns, pottery, my family, and Border Collies.

RickR
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Joined: 2009-09-21

Looks like it is more than just the falls that are abnormal.  Don't know what is happening, though.

Actually, I may have an anomaly developing on Iris typhifolia, too...

Rick Rodich    zone 4a.    Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

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