Blue Iris needs ID

J.E. Shields
Thu, 08 Jun 2006 06:12:46 PDT
Hi all,

I have tried Iris missouriensis here from seed.  As noted by Steve, I too 
got poor germination of the seed, but a few did grow.  I have two clones 
now, and one has bloomed the past two springs.

I am growing it outdoors in the ground in raised beds of sand/topsoil/leaf 
compost, in full sun.  It gets no irrigation, only natural rainfall.  I 
hope eventually to get seeds from these two plants.  It would be nice to 
have a somewhat more vigorous strain for this part of the Midwest.

Iris versicolor, easy from seed, is a more northern species that does very 
well here.  I. virginiensis, supposedly native to Indiana, is not so 
vigorous in my garden; but I have it in light shade.  I. fulva lasted a few 
years and bloomed nicely, but dwindled gradually away.

Best wishes,
Jim Shields
in central Indiana (USA)

At 10:44 PM 6/7/2006 -0500, Jim W. wrote:
>Dear  Joe ;
>         More than likely I. missouriensis - widespread distribution
>and locally very abundant.
>         Contrary to the name's expectations it DOES NOT grow in
>Missouri and I can barely keep it alive for even a year.

Jim Shields             USDA Zone 5             Shields Gardens, Ltd.
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Westfield, Indiana 46074, USA
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