Found Iris Question

TNY78(7a-East TN)May 10, 2013

My husband and I own a 10 acre property and we were out walking it today because we are going to start building on it soon. Prior to us buying it, it was all pasture land used for cattle and hay. I was really surprised today, because out in the middle of the field, there was an iris clump growing. The iris were about 1/2 the size of most iris you see growing, and only about 2 feet tall. I have no idea why it would be there! I was going to bring it home , but the rhizome was buried too deep for me to take without having a shovel. I think I'll go back this week with a shovel and collect it before the area gets mowed later next week.
Any ideas how it got there? I'm not very well versed in irises, never mind wild iris. Does it look familiar to anyone? The veining is actually dark brown in person, but looks more purple in the picture.

This post was edited by TNY78 on Fri, May 10, 13 at 21:56

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aquawise(zone 4 Utah)

Looks like a very old one!! I love it! Save them. I would love a start if you dig them. Can trade or send you postage. I have a good collection of lod ones. Historic . I will see if I can help ID it.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2013 at 10:51PM
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TNY78(7a-East TN)

Would be glad to Aquawise! You can't tell in the picture, but its a good sized clump. I love it too...I go for the brown/yellow combos a lot :)


    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 7:32AM
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aquawise(zone 4 Utah)

I have a couple of those colors, Cant dig until July.

Here is a link that might be useful: my Iris 2012

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 10:29AM
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njiris(z 5 NJ)

Probably Flavescens. How did it get there? Possibly dropped by an animal. Some animals like young shoots of iris but very few like the rhizome. I have heard of crow, squirrel, deer all stealing rhizomes, and dropping them somewhere else. Flavescens is a very old iris, it is not native to the US but is a natural hybrid that was discovered growing 'wild' in Europe.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2013 at 12:42PM
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