Once Blooming Iris reblooming

cupshaped_roses(6)July 22, 2012

My Empress of India Iris have rebloomed the last 3 years - they bloom in June and again in September/October. The flowers look like the right cultivar - so I do not think I got mislabeled rizomes ... but it should only bloom once - but is reblooming here - is this a sport?

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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

No, it would not be a sport, although the tendency to rebloom is genetic. It probably just means that you have outstanding gardening skills and that you are providing perfect conditions for the iris. Quite a few irises that are not listed as reblooming varieties bloom a second time in Southern California because the conditions here are so salubrious.

It's also possible you got a different iris, since historic irises are pass-a-long plants and can get mixed up. There are a number of reblooming lavendar blue historic irises that look similar to yours. Do you have a photo? It would be nice to see it in your lovely garden.

Renee

    Bookmark   July 22, 2012 at 2:16PM
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cupshaped_roses(6)

Thank you for your reply. I sadly do not have a picture of it. I tend to lean to the mixed up/mislabed explanation - since I live in Northern Europe - and this iris seems to bloom in late May and again in October - some years the late flowers didn't develop since it was too cold ...our winters are cold - nothing like SoCal growing conditions .-)

    Bookmark   July 30, 2012 at 6:11PM
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