First iris of the year-what is it?

indymom76(5)April 17, 2010

Hello! I've been lurking for a while and posted a little last summer, so I thought this would be a place that others could possibly help out. Many of my iris, if not all, were from my grandmother. She passed in 2002, so I didn't get the chance to ask her about her iris before I became interested them. If anyone could help-I would greatly appreciate it!!!

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

2 guesses:

King's Jester - 1945

Tiffany - 1931 (has a yellow background not visable in some pictures)

    Bookmark   April 17, 2010 at 8:01PM
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I'm kind of new to the iris world myself, but i'm betting that it's Gnu Rayz.

if you go to and click on the catalog, then click on the link that brings you to purple/lavender and click on the name there will be a picture. he also gives the height of the plant too.

this is my guess.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2010 at 3:37PM
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Thanks iris gal and ashes of the fire! King's jester and gnu rayz both look close-I'd almost say gnu rayz is closer to the real thing.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 1:37AM
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Nancy zone 6

The only thing about Gnu Rayz is that it was introduced I think in 1997. How long had your grandmother had this iris, do you know? If iris are like daylilies, they are usually pretty expensive the first few years & only the dedicated enthusiasts get those. The beard on yours looks very orange. How tall is your iris? Gnu Rayz is supposed to be an intermediate iris, so it will be about 25" tall. Tiffany & King's Jester are tall bearded iris so will be much taller.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2010 at 9:55AM
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jeanrichter(9 (SF bay area))

This is definitely not King's Jester, and Tiffany is unlikely given it's supposed to have a yellow ground.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 2:32PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I agree it's not King's Jester or Tiffany after seeing more pics. That's what I get thinking I can hold an image in my mind!

    Bookmark   April 26, 2010 at 11:52PM
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