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cziga(Zone 5 -Toronto)June 17, 2009

This is an old fashioned iris, or so I am told. The ones sold before all the new cultivars with the fancy new colours?

I'm wondering if a)that is true and b)if it has a name, what it is?

I am including 2 photos below. One is taken in a sunnier location, the other in a slightly shadier location.

Thank you!

Sunnier:

Shadier:

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iris_gal(z9 CA)

I wonder if this could be The Red Douglas, Dykes Medal'41.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 8:11PM
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garden_of_mu(Z7/8 PNW)

Easy one. Indian Chief. The netted standards with the wire rim of deeper color give it away. Plus it is everywhere. Probably the hardiest iris in existence.

Here is a link that might be useful: Indian Chief

    Bookmark   June 17, 2009 at 10:30PM
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cziga(Zone 5 -Toronto)

It does seem to be very hardy. It does not multiply very quickly at all though. Very slow multiplier.
Indian Chief is from 1929, so I guess that fits as an "older variety, right? Would this one be considered a historic variety then?

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 6:23PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

Mike (garden_of_mu) really knows the historics. Good to see you back on the forum!

Yes, it is a historic.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 9:17PM
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garden_of_mu(Z7/8 PNW)

Technically, any iris more than 30 years old is officially considered an historic. Personally I consider any pre-1965 be in that class. After that we get more modern forms and styles. IC is a classic, and well regarded.

Nice to be back. A little free time allows me the luxury to post! =)

Mike

    Bookmark   June 19, 2009 at 11:56PM
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