Another Surprise

aseedisapromiseJune 12, 2013

I took an iris rhizome from along the bike path in my town, I have to confess. I have to say in my defense that they never bloomed where they were as the riparian growth and grass had overcome them, and since I watched the city mow and spray and kill most of them with herbicide along with the wild rose, chokecherry and dogbane they were targeting for about four years, I thought I would save a few and see what they were. Only one of two survived their first really hard year after the herbicide. Then I had to move it here to my new place, and it grew alongside of other iris that didn't bloom the first year after being moved. This second year I had forgotten it, but it bloomed anyway. I think it might be Mrs Valerie West. What do you all think?

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Looks like mine very old ones called Indian chief.

Hybridized by Ayres; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1929

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 8:00PM
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Thanks for your suggestion. The HIPS site says about Indian Chief, "'Netted' standards are wire-edged fall color." Mine doesn't have this. What is also weird about mine that makes it not match much is the white rim on the falls. The photo is kind of washed out some. Here is another. We had some hail last night, so things are a little tattered. I also think that the beards on mine really come out farther on the fall, and the standards don't have the netting that Indian Chief does.

    Bookmark   June 12, 2013 at 9:39PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

In all the pictures I've seen 'Indian Chief' doesn't have the blended fall edge. Oopa, see you've noted that.

Possibly 'Valor' - Nicholls'32

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   June 13, 2013 at 7:10PM
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iris_gal(z9 CA)

bump up

    Bookmark   June 26, 2013 at 6:20PM
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Sorry, I didn't see your suggestion until you bumped it up. Valor has the rim on the falls, but I wonder if it isn't more violet than the one that I have. The standards have a real brownish cast to them. It's so hard to tell from photos, cameras and photographers are all so different. Maybe it is just surrounded by all my purple iris, which make it look redder than it is. I will keep Valor in mind. Thanks.

    Bookmark   June 27, 2013 at 12:10AM
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