Iris miscellany
Mon, 19 May 2003 19:52:18 PDT
As follow up to my last posting on Iris sari, a fabulous Oncocyclus Iris, I 
photographed a second form of I. sari, and a few other Iris of interest.

The 2nd form of I. sari has a much smaller, much darker flower.  The flower 
is about half the size of the earlier form, much more densely overlaid with 
dark purple netting, and the falls are lurid yellow overlaid with purple.  In 
the photo, one can see the earlier flowering, semi-collapsed bloom of the 
much larger-flowered form of I. sari growing adjacent.  The smaller dark form 
is on the right:…

A nice European dwarf bearded Iris appears with I. lutescens.  The image 
shows both a yellowish form and a purple form, grown from Mike Salmon seed, 
originally collected in France and Italy.  The pale yellow form is still in 
bloom now.  It grows about 6-7" tall (15-17.5 cm).…

I visited Darrell Probst's nursery know as Garden Vision (of world renowned 
Epimedium fame) this past sunday (about 35 minutes from where I am), the last 
day of his 2-weekend "open nursery".  Of course, the Epimediums are amazing 
and spectacular, but that's off topic for this list.  But in his travels to 
China, he has also collected a number of interesting bulbs, with a focus on 
the better Iris.  One of the most exciting new introductions is Iris 
odaesanensis.  It's like a vigorous I. cristata, but with snowy white flowers 
with bold yellow signals finely edged in brown.  Darrell sells this plant for 
$18 for a small division, rather dear, but worth the price I think.

Iris odaesanensis:…

In the following photo, notice a flower in the lower right that has two 
flowers fused together as one; a unique aberration:…

Here's a closup of the flowers:…

Iris koreana, from Korea, is akin to the former species, dwarf and spreading, 
much like Iris cristata and suitable for similar woodsy conditions although 
taking sun too, except with bright lemon yellow flowers.  Another of 
Darrell's great introductions. Here's two pictures:……

Iris cristata hardly needs an introduction, but this eastern American Iris is 
a great favorite for woodland conditions.  It's available in many named 
forms; all are lovely.  I grow mine in full blazing sun, and I find I get 
better flowering in full sun, to no adverse effect.  What I grow is the 
regular I. cristata... here are two photos:……

The last three Iris, many select forms of cristata, and other species, are 
available from Garden Vision, at:

A late Juno Iris is in bud... it's one of the very last junos to bloom, 
namely Iris cycoglossa, and it's a beauty that looks very different than most 
junos.  It's an "easy doer" grown in sandy soil, and blooms in June instead 
of April-May like most junos.  The flowers are outlandishly large and 
luxuriantly floppy for the size of the plant.……

I grow about a dozen different Juno Iris, and find them easy, reliable, and 
good multipliers when grown in nearly pure sand.  One of the first to bloom 
and one of my very favorites is Iris wilmottiana alba, with pristine white 
flowers over densely tufted "corn-stalk-like" dark green foliage, the leaf 
margins with a fine whitish ciliate edge.…

For more Juno Irises, check out my small Juno Iris photo gallery at:…

For lots more images on Juno Iris, check out John Lonsdale's photo galleries 


Note:  the above URL is long and might wrap onto a second line.  Be sure and 
copy the whole thing into your browser.  Regarding PBS wiki pages, I have 
uploaded all of the Iris pix cited here in this message, but I haven't yet 
added links to the PBS wiki Iris page, but will do so soon.  So use the links 
in this message.

Cheers and good growing,

Mark McDonough        Pepperell, Massachusetts, United States    "New England"               USDA Zone 5
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