Hi All, I thought I had acquired Iris cristata, but it does not match pics. It is a gorgeous iris as you can see in the photo. It is a dwarf with good sized flowers and bloomed in late spring.
I am pretty sure it is Iris tectorum. Spotting can be variable on the falls, but the blotches on the standards are a suspect to me: could it be virused?
I grow the species from three different sources. The first was from seed labeled "Iris milesii", the second is run-of-the-mill species, and the third is the form from Sun Moon Lake.
Rick Rodich zone 4a. Annual precipitation ~24 inches
near Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Hi Rick,Thanks for the ID!! I did a quick search, and the spotting on the falls is normal. One iris fanatic I know of on Dave's Garden has a photo posted there http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/236277/ He would certainly know if it was a virus. Also, Niche Gardens pic show the spots too http://www.nichegardens.com/catalog/item.php?id=1538. They are must be very variable in appearance.Thanks again!Remy
Of course now I still need iris cristata : )
Remy, I grow a pretty wide range of Iris cristata and would be happy to supply some seed next year if you like.
Thank you Speigel!! I'll get in touch with you next spring : )Remy
I was talking about the blotches on the standards, not the falls. Notice they have a different look to the margins, compared to the spots on the falls. I am really not very familiar with virus in iris, as I am on Liliums. I'd be interested to hear what that other person has to say.
Rick, I totally misunderstood you! I'm not sure the streaks were really there if it was a lighting optical illusion or just momentary darkness. The photos from the next day don't show the markings there in the same place. Remy
Whether they were an optical illusion or a disappearing act, that's a good thing. --- optical illusion=no virus
--- disappearing=no virus(I think). I've never heard of virus color breaks changing with age, but I could be wrong.