Older varieties: Pur/Wh & shorter yl/Br

penelope(Z6 KY)May 10, 2010

These two were on the property when I got here 10 years ago.

I think that they were hand-me-downs.

Thanks so much, Penny

This yellow & brown one is short (I can measure) It will bloom in what I consider fairly shady conditions.

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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

I know, I know, well I think I know the second one.

I think it is Honorabile, but I'm clueless on the first one though.


Here is a link that might be useful: Google images for Honorabile

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 7:48AM
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Sweet Sakura(z7VA)

Yes, that yellow one looks just like my Honorabile.


    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 10:48AM
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the first one definitely looks like helen collingwood, does it have purple based foliage? if it does than it is defintely helen collingwood!

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 1:01PM
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penelope(Z6 KY)

Yes - I think that they are both correct.

'Helen Collingwood' does have what I would call blue-green foliage. I can only get 32" for the height - but this is not in full sun. The time frame seems right.

'Honorabile' is adorable - He even blooms in the shade.

Thanks so much, this has given me a new appreciation for older TB Iris.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 1:42PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Penelope- when Ashes says "purple-based" foliage, they mean look down at the bottom of the leaves near the rhizome and see if there is a reddish or purplish tinge on the leaves way down there. Some irises have this reddish tinge, and others have just plain old green leaves.

    Bookmark   May 12, 2010 at 6:34PM
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and on that note about pbf (purple based foliage) look carefully. i don't have helen colling wood so i don't know the extent of its pruple colouring. i say this because my pallida's all have pbf, but by the time blooming comes around all you can really see is just a purple line on the edge of the leaves near the bottom. i have another pbf that does the same thing that i think is angelus. so look closely, if you see any than it probably is helen collingwood.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2010 at 4:03PM
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