Iris 2011

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AmyO
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I saw this lovely I. unguicularis growing in a garden at Pine Knot Farm last week. It's too bad they aren't hardy for the north, the color is so pretty and the flowers are nice & big.

Amy Olmsted
Hubbardton, VT, Zone 4

RickR
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McDonough wrote:

Rick, sorry to have given the impression that I am growing this species; I'm not. 

Obviously, my head was somewhere else when I was (thinking I was) reading your post, Mark.  ;D

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

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In flower here today; for the first time:

Iris aucheri 'Shooting Star'

Wim Boens
Wingene Belgium zone 8a

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McDonough wrote:

Luc, that is totally charming and delightfully surprising!  :o :o
I love these dwarf grassy leaf types; didn't realize there was such dwarf form of I. unguicularis.  I had to google to find out there is a Mt. Ida in Crete as well as in Turkey (I'm familiar with some plants from the Turkish Mr. Ida); there are several other Mt. Ida locations too.

Googling I find this species offered by a number of UK nurseries.  Your plant looks more attractive than most photos I've found in my brief search, including on the Signa site:
http://www.signa.org/index.pl?Iris-cretensis
http://www.signa.org/index.pl?Display+Iris-cretensis+5

I found the species once listed on Plant Delights Nursery, listed as Zone 7, indicating it would not be hardy here.  A couple other sites rate it Zone 6.  Since it is a "winter grower", I'm figuring it would not grow here, although I have never tried.
http://www.plantdelights.com/Iris-unguicularis-ssp-cretensis-Perennial-W...

The plant stays in winter under glassroof but unprotected from the cold. It is nearly evergreen with me.
I think that a rather dry and hot summer is necessary to induce spring flowering.

Torhout-Flanders-Belgium-zone 8a

LucS
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Two more juno iris starting to flower:
Iris graeberiana in one of its froms
Iris willmottiana

Torhout-Flanders-Belgium-zone 8a

LucS
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And from a different group in the iris family :
Iris flavissima
Iris tygridia

Torhout-Flanders-Belgium-zone 8a

Mark McD
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LucS wrote:

And from a different group in the iris family :
Iris flavissima
Iris tygridia

Luc, both of these are lovely Iris, glad to "meet" them.  Not knowing much about them nor what Iris section they are in, I had to look them up. Still not sure what section I. flavissima is in, photos show a brighter yellow flower, although I much prefer your exquisite form with delicate markings.  Found photos of a pale yellow form here (scroll down):
http://plantes-passion.forumactif.fr/t411-iris-flavissima
...and a European nursery offering a darker yellow form:
http://www.rareplants.de/shop/product.asp?P_ID=8865
...Flora of China entry:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200028168

Iris tigridia is a little beauty, I would grow that one in a heartbeat, it is section Pseudoregelia.  John Lonsdale grows it outdoors, which gives some promise that it is growable outdoors here in New England, NE USA.
http://www.edgewoodgardens.net/plants_album/the%20plants%20-%20%20comple...

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

LucS
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McDonough wrote:

Luc, both of these are lovely Iris, glad to "meet" them.  Not knowing much about them nor what Iris section they are in, I had to look them up. Still not sure what section I. flavissima is in, photos show a brighter yellow flower, although I much prefer your exquisite form with delicate markings.  Found photos of a pale yellow form here (scroll down):
http://plantes-passion.forumactif.fr/t411-iris-flavissima
...and a European nursery offering a darker yellow form:
http://www.rareplants.de/shop/product.asp?P_ID=8865
...Flora of China entry:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200028168

Hey Mark,

Brian Matthew regards this species as being the same as Iris arenaria and Iris humilis.
Iris flavissima has its distribution in E-Europe.

Torhout-Flanders-Belgium-zone 8a

Mark McD
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LucS wrote:

McDonough wrote:

Luc, both of these are lovely Iris, glad to "meet" them.  Not knowing much about them nor what Iris section they are in, I had to look them up. Still not sure what section I. flavissima is in, photos show a brighter yellow flower, although I much prefer your exquisite form with delicate markings.  Found photos of a pale yellow form here (scroll down):
http://plantes-passion.forumactif.fr/t411-iris-flavissima
...and a European nursery offering a darker yellow form:
http://www.rareplants.de/shop/product.asp?P_ID=8865
...Flora of China entry:
http://www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=2&taxon_id=200028168

Hey Mark,

Brian Matthew regards this species as being the same as Iris arenaria and Iris humilis.
Iris flavissima has its distribution in E-Europe.

Yes indeed, the FOC link above states "Iris flavissima is here treated as a distinct, E Asian species, but is often placed in synonymy under the widespread, Eurasian species I. humilis Georgi ( I. arenaria Waldstein & Kitabel)."

Do you know where your beautiful pastel form is from?

Mark McDonough
Massachusetts, USA, near the New Hampshire border USDA Zone 5
antennaria at aol.com
 

LucS
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Mark,
This one is grown from 2003 seed collected by Pavelka in de Changai Mtns, Mongolia, alt. 2500m

Torhout-Flanders-Belgium-zone 8a

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