Louisiana Iris

marshmasterpatApril 7, 2013

Anyone growing LA irises between Houston and LA?

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dementieva(Zone 9 - Houston)

I'm planning on getting some this year. The TB iris are not flourishing here. I saw some at Houston Garden Center the other day (I think $7 for a big potted blooming iris), but didn't get them because they didn't have names.

Nate

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 7:39AM
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random_harvest(z8 TX DFW)

Dunno if I qualify being in Dallas, but I've got Louisiana irises that came with my house. Most are blue and lavender, but I've identified a red/brown variety as Ann Chowning. They take care of themselves in the regular flower beds along with daylilies and tall bearded irises, and don't get any extra water.

    Bookmark   April 8, 2013 at 11:26AM
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dementieva(Zone 9 - Houston)

That's good to hear. I like the photos of Ann Chowning.

The ones I'm eyeing are Sinfonietta and Feliciana Hills. If anyone has suggestions for particularly good growers on the Gulf Coast, feel free to comment!

Nate

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 7:33AM
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ilovemyroses(8 Dallas TX)

random harvest? do yours get full sun? as in "hot blazing all day sun" or more moderated? i planted some but because of the water needs, didn't put them in the hottest sun, but where some of my lower light roses grow.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 8:20PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

I love Sinfonietta- it's a gorgeous blue.
Here in So Cal they do best in partial shade. I grow Spanish Dancer, a light yellow with a large bloom, and a NOID purple one. I love the new introductions by Heather Pryor.

    Bookmark   April 9, 2013 at 9:56PM
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sewnmom7

please help me get this straight, is La. irises the same as walking iris? I'm looking for walking iris and I seem to understand [from conversations online] that they are the same.. please tell me true thanks so much, molly

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 12:39PM
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brittie(Houston 9a)

I have 'Black Gamecock' and 'Peaches and Wine' blooming right now. I ordered four new ones this Spring, and one of those are blooming. I don't recall which it is though because I didn't label it right away. Urg. It's either Cyclamint or Fortune Finder.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2013 at 6:29PM
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marshmasterpat

Sinfonietta is a beauty but peaches and wine and black game cock are also beautiful flowers. Was a member of LA Iris society and they have lots of the commercial nurserys listed, just scroll through those and drool over the colors.

Got several of the wild varieties here, just looking around to see what folks have.

    Bookmark   April 17, 2013 at 10:31PM
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random_harvest(z8 TX DFW)

ilovemyroses, my yard doesn't have full sun all day anywhere -- would guess six hours at the most -- and the Louisianas have popped up and seem to thrive all over the place. (I owe a lot to that adventurous gardener who lived here years before.) The two locations they like best are east side of the house and a south-facing bed that gets dappled shade from about four p.m. on.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 11:59AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Sewnmom7, Louisiana irises are not the same as walking irises (neomarica). LA irises come in a multitude of colors and sizes, whereas walking irises have a limited range of colors.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2013 at 1:55PM
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gardenofeden777(8a central Louisiana)

I have a couple, a yellow noid & a purple noid. No named or fancy ones.

Rena'

    Bookmark   April 28, 2013 at 10:58PM
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