Iris bloomed a different color this year?

tabarhodes(5, NM)May 9, 2009

So last year I was baffled by this Iris:

http://ardentgarden.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/iris21.jpg

It was the first year it bloomed and I couldn't figure out what it was because it didn't look like anything I had planted.

This year it looks like this:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3404/3516492210_50d6a6405c_b.jpg

I think it resembles "Tennessee Woman" which I vaguely remember buying. I assume the soil and conditions would have something to do with the color change. Is this a common thing among Iris? I'm fairly new to them so I have no clue!

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tabarhodes(5, NM)

but now that i'm looking at the pictures it looks as though the beards are totally different colors......maybe there's several varieties in this clump?

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 3:48PM
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Nancy zone 6

I would bet you have 2 totally different iris there. I think some iris can look slightly different due to soil conditions or temps, but not that different. Iris can multiply so fast that they can invade another's territory.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2009 at 9:49PM
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tabarhodes(5, NM)

Thanks ngraham! This particular clump is out in the middle of the gravel far away from my other Iris, so no invasion. They must have mistakenly included a different variety of Iris in the bag that I bought (that's walmart for you!) and I guess the more yellow iris didn't bloom last year. Although funny thing I haven't gotten any of the pinkish blooms yet like I had last year! Weird!

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 12:49PM
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Nancy zone 6

Walmart has that reputation, although when I bought my first iris from them years ago I didn't have that problem. I must have been lucky because Wmart has a bad reputation.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2009 at 1:57PM
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