Variegated iris leaves, white or yellow?

linnea56(z5 IL)June 11, 2014

In a public garden a few weeks ago I saw some striking stands of an iris with variegated leaves, green leaves with a yellow edge. The leaves were quite wide and flowers were purple-blue, which made a great contrast with the yellow edge. But good-looking leaves when it is NOT blooming are the most important. This would be perfect for a garden I'm changing that needs a small jot of yellow to harmonize with existing plants with a creamy yellow edge. I was heading to a big nursery, so decided to see if I could find one. They did have variegated iris, but theirs all had white edges, not yellow. The plants there are all grown in a greenhouse, so are not raised under natural light conditions.

Would those white edges become yellow when grown in sunlight? I'm going back there is a few days, so thought I'd ask here first. If was kind of pricey, so if it will stay white, I don't want it. What are these called? Thanks.

This post was edited by linnea56 on Wed, Jun 11, 14 at 1:56

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

From what I've read no. This link gives some names and information.

Here is a link that might be useful: variegated iris

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 1:55AM
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val1(z4 UT)

The white will not become yellow when grown in sunlight. I grow both the green and white variegated and the green and yellow variegated. When I first purchased them years ago, I thought they were the same but as the plants matured the difference was unmistakable. They were grown in the same area with the same amount of light, water, etc. The yellow seems to grow a little taller and have slightly larger blooms than the white.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 11:29AM
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linnea56(z5 IL)

Thank you both. I will have to keep my eyes open for the yellow one elsewhere, then.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 2:05PM
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No, they will not change their variegation. Also, irises with yellow variegation are more robust, grow and multiply quicker and overall look healthier than the irises with white variegation.

On the picture below, you can see 3 of my variegated irises: 2 with yellow stripes and one with white. Growing conditions are identical. But Yellow-striped are twice as big, 3 times more flowers and are pretty much ready to be divided by their third year while the white-variegated are somewhat dwarfish and a very mediocre bloomer:

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 2:23PM
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cecily(7 VA)

I noticed Schreiner's has the yellow pallida variegata this year. Green Go's photo makes me think I need a few of those myself...

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 8:13PM
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I grow both pallida 'Aurea Variegata' and 'Argentea Variegata', and have also noticed the size and vigor differences.
I've got a couple of other variegated varieties on order from Blue J, who lists several, and also a new one from Mid-America called 'Variegated Wonder'. The latter is a sport from 'Wonders Never Cease'. The pictures look beautiful.... Anticipation...

    Bookmark   June 13, 2014 at 2:45AM
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