I acquired this 30 years ago from either my mom or my neighbor. It's been in bloom for a couple weeks (PNW), is 30-36" and very robust (I have to divide it frequently). Smells heavenly. I'm guessing it is an old fashioned plain jane variety - any idea what her name might be? Thanks for any help, and let me know if any other identifiers would be helpful. I tried going through a purple iris search in the PlantFiles but there are waaay too many (beautiful to look through though).
Old fashioned iris - any clue?
My historic grape smelling iris is Iris Pallida, but it is not that dark.
I saw a similar one at the Iris City website called "Caprice".
Like any other species, there are several varieties of I. pallida. a clue is papery spaeths instead of green.
The papery spaeths are a pallida charcteristic, not which clone. I don't think that I had made myself clear.
go to the HIPS website for help. Historic Preservation Iris Society
yeah right, you mean the historic iris preservation society?, they go by letter in the alphabet for new photo submissions and additions to their database not sure about info requests you can try.. good luck to you. They were on the letter 'R' in Fall 2011. now I understand their on the letter 'S'. thats what a letter a year or longer. it will only take them 7 more years to get through the rest of the alphabet. then what 26 more? to get through it again and complete more picture and data submissions.
I remember seeing this iris in the yard of a home we owned from 1940 to 1958 in Los Angeles. Not too tall (probably 24" or less) and, as noted, "very robust." Sorry, I don't know what it's called. My dad didn't either and just called it "The Purple Flag." We went on to have many more iris over the following decades but I never saw this one again. Good to know it's still around. Always liked it.
I wouldn't call it grape scented, just a very strong iris scent.
thats another good sign that it is probably Crimson King. if you had Caprice, instead, you would know it because the smell of grapes is so overpowering you could smell it from 6 feet away when the wind blows. Crimson King and Caprice both have white horns and same height around 24 inches max, but Caprice has more of a unique purple color and falls are alittle shorter and rounder and more veinging near beard,and Crimson king more of that redish tinge quality to the purple colouring like yours. Sandra
I'd bet my garden fork that that's Crimson King, one of my favorites!
When I moved, I lost my Crimson King, & I've just now gotten a start of it from a neighbor.
When I had it before, it grew like a weed & spread like a rumor.
It was sometimes the very first one to bloom, ahead of even the old white cemetary iris (iris albicans), & sometimes also the last to bloom, in late May.
Crimson King is Awesome! what it lacks in height it more than makes up for in long bloomtime and spreading and dividing like crazy with vigorous healthy growth! we just got ours last year from an elderly woman who must have had about 200 blooming, she was nice enough to let us have a nice clump with about three blooming sized fans that kept blooming for us, last year, for three or four weeks after we dug it from her yard and replanted it in ours! We also love the Albicans cemetary iris which also is the first to bloom for us here in 7b it was here when we moved in with alot of pallida sweet iris and alcazar. Albicans is blooming right now and the Crimson king and Germanica have buds that should open in less than a week :-)