Blue Iris needs ID

Steve Marak
Wed, 07 Jun 2006 20:17:37 PDT

I expected you'd get lots of answers on this one. We've seen vast numbers of
Iris missouriensis while traveling in New Mexico (and Colorado, etc.),
including the Las Vegas area. If I recall, when we checked the flora, that was
the only (native) iris.

Seed was usually plentiful, and we've collected it, and sent it to seed 
exchanges, several times, but were never able to germinate more than the odd 
one ourselves. Clearly we didn't provide the right conditions.


On Wed, 7 Jun 2006, Joe Shaw wrote:

> I was in New Mexico recently and found some lovely iris plants (native I 
> guess) near Las Vegas.  The area is quite a desert, but on the road out of 
> town (Hwy 104, to the east of town) I found a lot of irises growing.  They 
> were really pretty, pale-blue  to white-blue.
> They grew in clumps and when I dug down I could see they were bulb-type 
> irises.  They grew alongside the road where water would collect from rains 
> and snow melt.  I didn't see them anywhere else in New Mexico.

-- Steve Marak

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