Names of common 'ditch iris'???

dani_plus_2April 23, 2009

I have a blue one that smells GREAT (yummy, grapes) and I have ordered a yellow one that I have been looking for (I hope it's the old ditch iris that my grandma used to grow). The guy has it list under ANTIQUE yellow because he didn't know it's name, either. He never thought anyone would want to buy it, he told me! Yikes!

My mom remembers it as a light yellow, shorter than the purple one I have here. I'm not sure if it smelled. I would love to find it again.

My mom and I call them "can't kill em's" because, well, it's awfully hard to kill them!

Does anyone know their names???

Thanks in advance for any help


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I can't get the pic to post, but here's the link to the ANTIQUE YELLOW

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 7:59AM
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Here's a clickable link.

Here is a link that might be useful: Antique Yellow Iris

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 5:40PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Hi Dani,

When I moved into my grandpa's old house 20 years ago, I discovered a similar iris under the old oleander. No leaves, just rotted old rhizomes that had not been watered for years.

When I moved them to the sun and watered them, I got as many as 27 flowers per fan! My dad saw them and remembered mowing them off with the lawnmower as a teen.

I have not been able to ID the old lavendar iris, nor have I been able to ID the old white one I have. There are so many, and they look so much alike! But it is nice about the scent, isn't it?

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 1:17AM
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yeah, the blue ones are amazing!!! I'm hoping the yellow ones I ordered are just as hardy. My mom rememers the yellow ones as a kid and it smelled like lemons..

I know t's hard to id things. I just thought that maybe because they seem to be EVERYWHERE that they'd be like a species or something???

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 6:38AM
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Try iris pallida for the one pictured. It's a form of pallida, I believe. You'll probably never know which form, or if it's just a wild cross, but pretty sure pallida.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2009 at 11:07PM
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mad_gallica(zone 5 - eastern New York)

The yellow may have been Flavescens.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2009 at 8:45AM
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