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Irises: Historic iris ID please

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(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

November 10, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9329900

Any ideas as to what cultivar this might be? I am sure it is a historic iris. My husband and I built our home 25 years ago on the site of an old farmhouse that was torn down in the 60's. Our neighbor (who has since passed away) had grown up in the farmhouse from the early 1900's. The irises were planted around the house by his mother or grandmother. There were only a few when we moved in. They had been mowed down for years. Now I have a large patch and have transplanted them throughout the yard. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Lyndon, IL
(Zone 5a)

November 11, 2012
6:13 AM

Post #9330167

Taking a real wild stab at it, I'd say ,Maybe!, Pluie d'Or. There are scads of yellows to pick from(grading from creams thru golds). Sun exposure and general culture seem to me to affect the coloration of "yellows", more than any other color. It "looks "to be about 34"-36" tall, and the style arms seem to cover the beards. Can't see any PBF, but not the best picture angle to see that. More info would help. How tall? Are the leaves tinged purple at the base?...Arlyn
Coushatta, LA

March 30, 2013
6:42 AM

Post #9466592

could be sultana
Kingston, NY
(Zone 5b)

May 31, 2013
9:51 PM

Post #9541537

Most likely Alta California by Mohr-Mitchell 1931. Grows very tall and often falls over.

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(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 5, 2013
5:32 AM

Post #9546995

I paid close attention through the blooming season, and I'm convinced they must be Alta California. They do have purple at the base, get very tall (nearly 4') and often fall over, and have the brown veins/speckle pattern on the butter-yellow blooms. Thank you all for your helpful input!

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South Hamilton, MA

June 5, 2013
5:37 AM

Post #9547005

Check the HIPS (historic iris preservation society) website. You can get there through AIS & click where it says iris links.
(Carol) Euless, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2013
5:14 PM

Post #9556777

I'll check that out. Thanks!


Syracuse, NY
(Zone 5a)

June 16, 2013
8:08 PM

Post #9561593

these are lovely! do they smell good?

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