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Posted by cziga Zone 5: (Toronto) (My Page) on
Wed, Jun 17, 09 at 16:11

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!


"old school" Iris



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RE: ID needed

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

RE: ID needed

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

RE: ID needed

  • Posted by cziga Zone 5: (Toronto) (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 19, 09 at 18:23

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?

RE: ID needed

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

Yes, it is a historic.

RE: ID needed

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! =)


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