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Purple & Yellow Iris - Name???

Posted by foxtrax 5 (My Page) on
Sat, May 31, 08 at 14:57

This iris was here when we bought our house 30 years ago. The house is pre-civil war. Does anyone know how old the iris is and if it has a name?

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RE: Purple & Yellow Iris - Name???

What a gorgeous pic. Does it look this way every year?

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Here is a link that might be useful: http://www.flickr.com/photos/iamfoxtrax/2538641061/


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RE: Purple & Yellow Iris - Name???

Looks to me like Loreley (Goos & Koenemann) 1909. It tends to bloom as a "flattie" like this sometimes. Nice photo. The look of the flower is somewhat variable.

Here is a link that might be useful: Loreley on HIPS site


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RE: Purple & Yellow Iris - Name???

Agree with Iris Nut - this is definitely Lorelei (means a type of river mermaid of the Rhine)

Often, the standards (the yellow part that stands up) have streaks of the purple in them. That is part of this iris' "look".


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RE: Purple & Yellow Iris - Name???

Thank you, Iris Gal,iris nut, & Shapiro.

Yes, it looks this way every year. There is some variation between blooms, but on the whole they are the same. It is very hardy. I have some planted between the house and sidewalk, under the furnace exhaust. It makes a nice little micro climate there and one time it bloomed at Thanksgiving. Our house is pre-civil war, so thought it might be an heirloom variety.


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RE: Purple & Yellow Iris - Name???

Beautiful picture of Loreley. How nice that you had a historic that is distinct enough to ID so quickly. That is often not the case.

I just received a small start of that one through the HIPS member rhizome sale. I understand it is quite sought after.


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